Eric Eschenbach - Smith and Vallee Gallery

Eric Eschenbach

Eric Eschenbach’s oils and encaustics explore our changing landscape. We often think of the land in geologic terms where time is so immense and changing so slowly that it cannot possibly be witnessed in a human’s lifespan; where the slow grind of wind and water combine to erode mountains while others are being built up by the centimeter. But in more recent times, man has rapidly altered not only the land, but also the climate that affects it- the reason Eschenbach feels compelled to paint those changes and degradations. Western Washington’s constantly varying tidal zones are the perfect metaphor for this changing landscape, symbolizing both the impact of man and climate change and nature’s cycles of rejuvenation. Nature has a duality of simultaneously being finite and infinite and will reinvent itself and endure, with or without man. Eric Eschenbach received his BFA from Oregon in 1993, and currently resides in Seattle.