The essence of folk art is to tell a story about the people, the culture, and their history in a unique way. Eric has been painting folk art for over 20 years, visiting famous cities like Paris, London, Sydney, Venice, and Bermuda. But since the world is much bigger, see what other cities you recognize in the painting that only you might know like, Whistler, Bristol, and Peggy’s Cove. Become a traveler and experience the stories only through Eric’s folk art in the Best of the World.
The word “mall” in the 17th and 18th century simply meant a grassy area for people to attend social gatherings and entertainment. That is why it’s called the Washington D.C. National Mall. Its nickname, “America’s Front Yard” is appropriate because over 30 monuments, memorials and museums surround visitors, inspiring them to honor America’s past, live in the present, and strive for a greater future. You might recognize some of your favorite monuments like the Lincoln Memorial, the WWII Memorial, and Arlington Cemetery. Don’t forget about some fun hidden easter eggs like Eric’s classic rooster and goose you can find in this fun folk art puzzle!
Building a bridge that connected Manhattan to Brooklyn was impossible, unthinkable even, but not for John Roebling. Inspired by his experience when his ferryboat got stuck in the middle of the river because of ice, Roebling saw this as a worthy challenge and began preparations. Brilliant at civil engineering, he had designed and successfully built smaller suspension bridges all around America, helping his cause to convince others about the benefits for building over the East River. After thirteen years of many struggles and drawbacks, The Brooklyn Bridge was finished on May 24, 1883. Today, it stands both as an icon of the New York skyline and a testament of America’s will in tackling the impossible, no matter what the obstacle. The bridge is one of America’s oldest and spans over a mile long and is a hub for many locals and tourists alike. See which of Eric’s classic Easter eggs you can find like Wendy the goose and New York’s giant pizza slices.
Located between Ontario and New York, Niagara Falls is an iconic tourist destination. With a vertical drop of over 165 feet, the falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world. In this painting, Eric captures tourists enjoying the view from a variety of locations—a bridge, boats, lookouts, and even a tightrope!
The historical Hotel del Coronado takes center stage in this painting of scenic San Diego. Known as the most popular wedding destination in the United States, this beautiful resort has been attracting tourists since 1888. It is easy to see why San Diego is nicknamed "America's finest city."
As the capital of the United States of America, Washington D.C. is full of modern-day activity, stories from history, as well as a plethora of historical architecture and sights. Eric captures it all in this detailed painting which focuses on the National Mall and adjacent buildings. Looks closely and you will see figures spanning hundreds of years of history representing all of the important moments that make this nation what it is today.
As the oldest city in South Carolina, Charleston is known for its rich history, well-preserved and colorful architecture, vast restaurant community, and friendly people. Charleston's unique culture, which blends traditional Southern U.S., English, French, and West African elements, is evidenced in the unique accent of it's citizens. Known as the Holy City because of it's early toleration of all Protestant religions, Charleston's horizon is full of church steeples, as are seen in this painting. Depicted with a glowing sunset over the Ashley River, Southern warmth and charm come alive in this colorful piece of art.
In LA, there is always time to play! Whether in the sunshine or the rain, this beautiful city is packed with so much color, excitement, and people that Eric knew painting Los Angeles would be a challenge worthwhile. After all, it is the biggest city if you’re counting how much land it occupies. But LA is known for being called the “city of angels” or a “dream city” where dreams can come true for many people here. See if you can find the not-so-traditional ‘angel’ in the painting.
Often referred to as "The Big Easy", this southern city is well known for its food, music and French heritage. New Orleans is the biggest city in Louisiana and lies on the Mississippi River. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the fun and festivities of the annual Mardi Gras celebration.
In this great Boston Market painting, Eric portrays the excitement and energy of a New England night at this popular destination. Built in 1824, the historical Quincy Market area was added when the downtown commercial demand grew beyond the capacity of the previously built Faneuil Hall. The area has been modernized and now features several boutique grocery and fast food restaurants. The painting also shows many famous buildings and landmarks, such as the Custom House Tower and boats sailing in Boston Harbor.
Alpine, Utah is a beautiful place throughout the year, but at Christmas it becomes even more magnificent. Since the 1950's, City Hall and the surrounding grounds have been festively decorated for the Christmas season. In this painting Eric captures the nostalgia of small town festivities sleigh rides, caroling, sledding and with plenty of snowmen and gingerbread men as well!
Maui is thought of by many as the best island in Hawaii because of it's blend of fun resorts and towns, yet it still remains beautiful and serene abound with natural wonders. In this painting Eric has depicted one of the famous cities of the island, Lahaina. Once the capital of the Hawaiian Islands, Lahaina was also the center of the global whaling industry with many sailing ships anchored in at its waterfront. Lahaina's Front Street is a popular tourist destination abounding with shops, restaurants and whale-watchers. Whether you bike down Haleakala Crater, drive the road to Hana, or go snorkeling and lounge around the beach enjoying the Hawaii sun, Maui is definitely a place to enjoy!
Known as the only consolidated city-county in California, San Francisco encompasses a land area of only 46 square miles. With his folk art style, Eric has somehow managed to fit it all into this painting! From Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, China Town, the Transamerica Building, among other famous San Francisco landmarks, this painting has a myriad of landmarks and fun scenes to discover.
Before the 1870’s, Jackson Hole was simply the Native Americans hunting and ceremonial grounds. The town was eventually settled but didn’t receive its official name until 1893 named after David Edward “Davey” Jackson, who trapped beavers in the area in the late 1820s. Today, Jackson Hole boasts three major ski areas: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain, and the Grand Targhee Resort, with Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks nearby which are major tourist attractions all year. Enjoy discovering the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and entertainment at the Jackson Hole Playhouse with Eric’s folk art puzzle.
In this painting, Eric has captured the magic of days long ago, where fun in the sun was somewhat of a formal affair. Today, as then, you can stroll along in the summer sun where motor cars mingled with horse and carriage on the roads. As you sunbathe leisurely on the beach, a picnic and a game of badminton may be part of the afternoon’s activities. Mackinac Island is a wonderful place to get away, relax in a beautiful setting, and appreciate the islands many treasures. Make it a priority as well to indulge in Mackinac Island Fudge and its endless varieties. Enjoy some on the island and bring some home too.
Utah, the Beehive state, has many beautiful locations, National Parks and historical places. While in Utah, you can visit Arches National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Lake Powell. Celebrate Utah with this great collage of Eric’s paintings of Utah.
Enjoy all of the flavors of old world Europe in this sunny California haven. "Little Denmark" was settled by Danish Americans in 1911 and features stunning Scandinavian architecture. The community has managed to maintain it's strictly Danish style architecture and Eric has managed to capture it all in this quaint painting.
“Everything’s bigger in Texas!” That’s the saying you often hear when people talk about the lone star state. In this collage, you can find locations like the Alamo, Austin, Galveston, and San Antonio. If you’re a fan of the college football teams from Texas, you can see the University of Texas and the University of Texas A&M, also known as the “Aggies.”