Renowned American Impressionist Eric Jacobsen to Host Workshop

By Dylan Bailey

In the art world, the name Eric Jacobsen holds a significant place. This American Impressionist, recognized for his beautiful landscape creations, has carved a niche for himself over the past few decades. His upcoming workshop at the Island Art Association (Jan 29-31) is set to inspire those new and seasoned with painting.

In this exclusive interview, I delve deeper into Eric’s journey, inspirations, and what attendees can expect from his much-anticipated workshop.

Born 57 years ago in Hartford, Connecticut, Eric’s artistic journey took root from an early age. During his college years, Eric developed a passion for art. Initially inspired to draw, Eric’s first formal art class happened during his sophomore year. His college professor played a pivotal role in fostering his love for art and continues to mentor him.

Despite graduating with a degree in history, he still pursued his passion for art. He even worked for four years with mentally challenged adults, an experience he cherishes deeply. Eric’s journey took a significant turn when he attended the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

At the Lyme Academy, Eric met his wife, Kristen. The couple, bound by their love for art, moved West and spent 22 years in Oregon and Washington. They returned to the East Coast four years ago and now call Maine home.

Eric’s decision to focus on landscape painting was a conscious one. He knew he wanted to paint landscapes even before he attended art school. The academy, reminiscent of a French atelier, taught the old masters’ approach to painting, which involved a thorough study of anatomy and figure painting. However, capturing the beauty of nature was what Eric was determined to do.

Throughout his art journey, Eric has reached several significant milestones. He started selling his paintings during his time at the Lyme Academy. The supportive community in Essex, Connecticut, played an essential role in his initial success.

Eric received the prestigious John Stobart Fellowship upon graduation, marking his first significant achievement. The fellowship culminated in a show at the academy, where he sold over 50 of his 75 paintings. A fire erupted inside Eric after the amount of love he had received from the show.

Eric’s artistic process involves a deep connection with nature. He loves being outdoors and prefers painting in serene environments. Eric believes the tranquility of nature helps him multitask, think creatively, and make connections in his life.

Eric’s talent hasn’t gone unnoticed, either. Over the years, he has received many awards and accolades. However, he remains humble and credits his success to the people who appreciated his work and supported him.

When asked about future goals, Eric’s answer is simple yet profound. He wants to continue his art journey, challenging himself to improve his craft. He believes in perseverance and isn’t looking for a drastic change.

His upcoming workshop on Amelia Island, scheduled from Jan. 29-31 this month, promises to be an enriching experience for art enthusiasts. Eric is excited about his first visit to Amelia Island and looks forward to interacting with the participants and experiencing the tranquil beauty the island is known for.

Eric will also offer a free painting demonstration on January 28 from 1-3 p.m. in the Art Education Center for those who would like to get a sneak peek at the workshop he’ll be instructing.

Eric Jacobsen’s story is a testament to the power of passion and the beauty of perseverance. His journey is an inspiration for aspiring artists and art lovers alike. As we look forward to his workshop, we can only appreciate the beautiful landscapes he has painted and the lives he has touched through his art.


Eric Jacobsen Painting Expressive Landscapes


Date: January 29-31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Price: $425