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The day I met Eric, he was in his gallery painting. I was intrigued by the art he was currently working on and we started chatting. He asked me my name. I said, “Deb” and then he painted my name in some grass near a portly woman and her pet pig. Even today, after years of marriage, I love to point out my nearly invisible name in the grass to people and tell the story of how it got there. Within an hour of meeting the artist, I became immortalized into one of his paintings! Is that cool, or what?!

Eric painting Weber State

Now, as his wife, you can imagine that I’ve been painted into the art in a variety of ways. He’s painted me as a little girl. He sometimes adds tulips to a pairing because its my favorite flower. Once he even wrote me a message in the sails of some ships. I had to hold the art upside down to read it. It doesn’t get old! There’s a thrill about being a part of Eric’s art that’s hard to describe, even after all these years.

The other day, at a Christmas party, one of our good friends confided to me in a whisper, “is it weird that one of my life goals is to be put in one of Eric’s pieces?” His wife’s ears perked up and she and I gave a knowing glance. Now we’re in the process of surprising him just that. We’re going to make him part of the art. His wife is looking through images on the website to choose the one that she thinks will be most sentimental to their family. When we finish it, I’ll be sure to show everyone, and then tell you about him. He’s amazing. But you’ll have to wait.

How Many of you are a Part of the Art?

Surprisingly, there are quite a few. Tell us your story! It would be very entertaining to point you out and tell everyone a little about you and your family. There’s always a story behind your image or initials, or whatever symbol represents you.

Day at the Zoo, by Eric Dowdle

Day at the Zoo, by Eric Dowdle

A Day at the Zoo

I’ll highlight one for you now. For Eric’s birthday one year, we went to the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. We took pictures, like most families do, and many of them were later used in the painting, Day at the Zoo. We rented a little red wagon and the kids took turns riding. Even Eric took a little break sitting in it under the shade. That wagon was a life saver for us that day. Can you find me pulling our youngest son, Cody, in the wagon? Eric painted a little monkey into the wagon because Cody reminded us so much of Curious George. Today, Cody is very eager to point himself out to friends. It’s still a thrill for both of us.

Do you want to be a Part of the Art?

Click here to learn how. Eric has painted hundreds of people into the art already. In fact, when you look at any of the stadium art, many of the people in those stadiums are real! They’ve commissioned themselves to be placed with their favorite teams. It’s so fun! The only thing better than owning Eric’s art is personalizing yourself into Eric’s art and custom puzzles. Trust me. I know. Check out these videos that spotlight some stories about people who’ve become part of the art.

Santa Becomes Part of the Art

Madilyn Paige Becomes Part of the Art

Dowdle Folk Art Staff Becomes Part of the Art

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