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!
For centuries the Black Hills have been considered sacred ground and a magic land to the Native American tribes who lived there. When Gutson Borglum began sculpting the mountain, known as Six Grandfathers, into the likeness of four great American Presidents he gave Mount Rushmore a new sacred magic. Today more than 3 million people visit the monument each year to experience this incredible sight. Enjoy the awe of the iconic rock stars of Mount Rushmore: U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The Black Hills painting also depicts the Crazy Horse Memorial. Henry Standing Bear was an Oglala Lakota Chief who invited sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski to carve a memorial honoring all North American Indians.
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.
“G’day mate!”Welcome to Sydney Australia. In Eric’s reboot of his Australian painting, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, known to locals as “the coat hanger,” stands proudly above historic Luna Park with the globally identifiable Sydney Opera House sitting in stately elegance against the Sydney skyline. Featuring activities popular with tourists and boats out on the harbor, Eric’s painting brings out some of Australia’s most populous city’s popular areas and parks. Spend some time down under in Sydney, where hearts are warm and the drinks are cold.
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.
The magnificence of Rome is not limited to the art world. However, appreciation of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is a pretty good way to begin living as the Romans do. Ancient Toga’s, inspiring art, beautiful landscapes and iconic architecture, rich culture, fabulous people…do you need a better reason to experience a bit of Rome? As you put each puzzle piece in place, feel the impact that Rome was not built in a day. It takes centuries to build this depth of such a city. Rumor has it that the iconic pizza started here over 2000 years ago when Jewish-Roman soldiers put cheese and olive oil on kosher matzah. Just delish! Flavored ice treats were also an indulgent favorite in Rome which paved the way for today’s Gelato, the creamy treat that is known throughout the world.
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.
As the largest city in Maryland and the second-largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic, Baltimore is a city of full of activity. With a rich history and vast cultural opportunities, Baltimore is a place of variety. Let Eric take you there in this painting which encapsulates the feeling of this great American city.
This charming harbor town is Bristol, England. You might have heard that the book Treasure Island was written here at The Hole in the Wall, or that chocolate was invented here. But that’s just scratching the surface. Bristol is a town that touches people all over the world because of in the engineer Brunel and the phrase “shipshape and Bristol fashion.” See if you can find Eric’s first attempt at graffiti as well as you build Bristol with Eric’s puzzle or just enjoy the artwork.
The Alamo City is one of history and heritage featuring, Spanish missions, the river walk, and, of course, the Alamo. San Antonio is the second-largest city in the state of Texas, and the seventh-largest in the U.S. Catch the unique Tejano flavor of San Antonio in this new piece by folk artist Eric Dowdle.
Come with Eric to one of his favorite places—the Hawaiian Islands. In this painting Eric takes captures to Waimea Valley—the jewel of the North Shore of Oahu. Long the domain of Kahuna’s (priests) the valley served as a sanctuary and site of holy shrines for hundreds of years. From the legendary breaks of Waimea Bay to the sacred waters of Waimea Falls at Kualoa, you can feel the spirit of aloha and hang loose in this tropical wonderland. Take the plunge, like flying off of jumping rock, and journey to the numinous North Shore.
If the concepts of Devine providence, personal freedom, risk, religion, and capitalism coupled with compassion have a patron city or iconic touchstone that place, that touchstone, is Plymouth, MA. Eric Dowdle’s companion painting to his new television series, “Painting the Town with Eric Dowdle,” gives us a view of Plymouth. The painting features all of the Mayflower Pilgrims, showing who made it through the first year. It also has many great stories from his interaction with the people of “America’s Hometown.” From the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock to the Forefathers Monument, majestically overseeing the town, to the great people of today, we invite you to step ashore and explore the stories and more of Plymouth, MA.
You may have heard of Park City because of the perfect blanket of snow that covers the mountains so well that the Olympics were held here. But Park City is so much more, especially during the summer. Live music rings throughout the town, hikes drawing you to the top of the mountains, and art around every corner! Even their history shows the locals determination to overcome whatever obstacle is thrown at them. Explore Park City but be careful of Bigfoot!
Portland Oregon got its name from a best two out of three coin toss. That coin, known as the Portland Penny, is now enshrined at the Historical Society. Today the city still embraces this same kind of free spirit. Portland is known not only as Bridge City but, even more predominantly, as Rose City because of how well roses grown in the unique climate. The city seems to collect artists, poets, chefs, visionaries, and a cornucopia of “one offs” and the unusual. “Keep Portland Weird,” is their mantra but it could be as well, “Keep Portland Creative.” The green movement is also big business in Portland. Come to the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers and take in the beauty of Portland, OR including the majesty of Mount Hood.
“Powerful things come in small packages,” my father told me years ago. Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) Canada proves the point. While it is the smallest of Canada’s Provinces, P.E.I. moves the hearts and minds of millions. Author L. M. Montgomery based her beloved book series around a small farm here, called Green Gables. The stories have served as a magnet, drawing fans from around the world. Eric was enchanted by the pastoral scenes, from adopted memories, that still dominate the landscape here. Come spend some time in a storybook reverie of Green Gables of Cavendish on P.E.I.
Saint Augustine was founded 1565 before the Pilgrims even landed up in Massachusetts. Spanish conquistador, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés founded the city and established a colony for the country of Spain. Some years later, enemies of Spain and pirates invaded, and after a seven year war with the Treaty of Paris in 1763, Spain ceded the area known as Florida to Great Britain, and St. Augustine became a haven for loyalists during the American Revolutionary War. In the second Treaty of Paris in 1783, Florida was ceded back to Spain, however, the United States considered Florida to be of great importance to its interests as it expanded its territory in North America. In 1819, with the Adams-Onís Treaty, Spain ceded Florida to the United States. In modern day, St. Augustine is a tranquil place to enjoy with its year-round mild climate, perfect for family fun and adventure. Experience the beauty of early mornings as shops come alive with tourists and locals while they set out to explore.
Aaaah . . . splash in the sunny warm water of the Atlantic Ocean, admire the vibrant colors of the island as you discover that Bermuda is so much more than 75 miles of gorgeous beach area and cheerfully painted homes. It is surprising that the land mass only totals 21 sq. miles. There are no rivers or lakes but the whitewashed stepped roofs act as channels for the collection of rainwater into underground tanks. There is only one fast food restaurant there as well. Bermuda shorts are a very serious fashion norm and this is an amazing place.