February 28 – March 17, 2019
Concourse Gallery, VisArts, 2nd Floor
Opening Reception: Sunday, March 3, 2 – 4 PM
Eric Westbrook is a painter, illustrator, and art instructor living and working in Washington D.C., and has been teaching drawing and painting at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland since 2014. He received a Bachelor’s degree in art and design from the University of Maryland, College Park. Formal training in landscape, figure and portrait painting continued at the Art League School in Alexandria Virginia, The Yellow Barn at Glen Echo, Maryland, and the Washington Studio School in Washington D.C.
Eric’s students at VisArts represent a wide variety of ages and experience levels, but they all share a dedication to learning and practicing the tradition of representational art. Accuracy in drawing, and the ability to analyze composition and color are emphasized in their instruction. The excitement occurs when these “formal” skills are filtered through each individual’s eye and hand and become something new and unique.
Observation of the surface characteristics of a subject is important to Eric’s instruction. However, even more important is seeing beyond the surface to the inner structure, rhythm, and flow of a work of art. Thus, even the most “realistic” drawing or painting begins as a series of abstract shapes.
This exhibition is an overview of the still life, figure/portrait, and landscape classes he offers at VisArts. To see course descriptions and schedule, please visit https://www.visartscenter.org/art-classes/
About Eric Westbrook: www.ericwestbrook.com
About VisArts Education Program: VisArts provide children, teens, and adults with opportunities to express their ideas, develop their talents, connect with others, and enrich their lives. Our strength is our ability to bring individuals together through a shared creative experience, fostering exposure to new perspectives, respect for each other, and a more connected community.