About Eric Schwerdtfeger

Eric Schwerdtfeger

A Native of Greenville, South Carolina I have always had a passion for art. I started drawing as a young kid and won several art awards in school. I attended summer workshops and had some of my work inducted into the children’s Museum in Columbia, SC. My love for art and drawing progressed into adulthood. I always loved to go to Galleries and Museums to see other people’s work and the work of the Old Masters. It soon inspired me to paint. I started out in watercolor then acrylics before deciding oil was my medium of choice. I mainly paint in the Tonalist and Realism styles of landscape painting. Most of my work is heavily influenced by the 19th and early 20th century Tonalists, Hudson River School of Painters and French Barbizon School. I filter my visual interpretations of nature into a poetic, moody and atmospheric scene. My love of nature, feelings of the seasons and time of day inspire me in my art. Most paintings are that of twilight. I just love the beauty of nature and Gods creation.

Artist Statement

As an Artist and landscape painter, I filter my visual interpretations of nature into a poetic, moody and atmospheric scene. My love of nature, feelings of the seasons and time of day inspire me in my art.
19th Century Art and American Tonalism is what influences my style the most. I love the muted tonal colors, abstractions and mysterious shadows. My work is sometimes detailed in brushstrokes or loosely abstract depending on the mood or the feel I’m trying to create.
My objective is to create a painting that brings the viewer into a quiet contemplation, a poetic journey through the piece. Most of my paintings are simple in subject matter, yet powerful in feeling.