“I was born a couple of hundred yards from the sea in St Ives. As children we played on the beaches and harbour, we made cork boats, known as “Cork-an-Barbers” from discarded cork floats from the fishermen, pieces of slate for keels and sticks and cigarette packets for sails. Once made, they would be taken to rock pools and the harbour to sail.
The sea, harbour and beaches were our playground. The sea has played a large part in my life as fisherman, lifeboatman and later as harbourmaster and lifeboat Coxswain.
I have been drawing and painting for most of my life. I now paint in oils on canvas or panels, both in my studio and plein air at various locations in this country and on two trips to Japan.
I have also painted with acrylics and watercolour, with pen and wash. I find these mediums have something to offer depending on what you are trying to achieve. Most importantly, whatever you are using, it is great fun and enjoyment.”
Eric lives and works in St Ives