Born in Wigan, England in 1957 Eric studied painting and printmaking at Wigan College and Sunderland University. He left art college winning two painting scholarships, one to New York and one to Istanbul, as well as the Sunderland Echo Fine Art prize. He exhibits widely, teaches drawing, painting and printmaking and is a member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art, an associate of the RBSA and a member of The Printmakers Council.

I have been making and exhibiting since 1980 and believe good draftsmanship to be a prerequisite of good art. I always have a drawing book in use, drawing from life and experience, the "life" helps to realise form and structure, while the "experience" lets me move ideas forward.

Although my work is relatively figurative it is about the making process. I am interested in how a picture develops so I let shape and colour, texture and mark suggest the next, letting the image dictate and change the form. I like swapping ideas between works, from drawing to paint to print. If a mark or a colour works on one, I use it on others. When I paint (which is rare these days) I use acrylics to form the base, then oil to develop textures, pattern and line. These paintings tend to either influence or have been influenced by printmaking and it is linocut that has become an important part of my life. The graphic, immediate mark-making coupled with the slow development of the print process so far suits the way I think.

4 A full listing of the exhibitions, books, editorials and publications Eric has been listed in and a few public collections his work is part of. Click to see the listing. new Click to go to this latest linocut. 1 These are the notes Eric gives out at workshops. They describe his process, what he does and suggestions how you may do the same. canal linocuts book "... this book offers a charmingly different view of our waterways in the 21st century"
Waterways World 2009
8 We have made three "canal" sketchbook videos, this is Vol 1 it contains all the drawings made around our canals from 2006 to 2010. Click here to go to "Volume 1" on youtube. 9 Number two sketchbook video that contains the drawings made around our canals from 2011 to 2013. Click here to go to "Volume 2" on youtube. 10 This is the third sketchbook video. It contains all the drawings made around our canals from 2014 to 2016. Click here to go to "Volume 3" on youtube. 11 We love Cornwall, who doesn't and Eric has spent many summers there. These youtube volumes are full of drawings in many media. This volume is mostly drawn from Fowey, Polruan and Polperro, but there are other places as well. Click here to go to "Volume 1" on youtube 12 This second youtube volume of Eric's Cornwall Drawings are full of drawings from around Cawsand and Porthleven, but there are other places too. Click here to go to "Volume 2" on youtube