started oil painting at the age of seven painting en plein-air
along with his father, Kent R. Wallis. Trekking through mountain
forests and rural farmland, the two painted together, scenes of
simple, quiet, yet soulful scenery. Eric became a child prodigy at
the side of his experienced father.
awards followed through Eric’s school years as he continued
to find voice in visual clarity. His impressionistic style
continued to develop; color and texture the focus of the
received a music scholarship at Utah State University but after
teaching a percussion class at a local middle school, he quickly
changed direction and embarked upon an education in painting. Eric
studied with Adrian Van Suchtelen, an extraordinary figurative
artist with traditional discipline at hand. Glen Edwards from Art
Center, also with a traditional approach, guided Eric in a loose,
impressionistic style. Figure painting was the emphasis at USU.
Eric received a BFA in painting in 1992.
1990 Eric embarked on a professional art career. He was accepted
to hang in The Long Gallery of Scottsdale Arizona. Immediately it
became a full time vocation so Eric worked to finish his junior
and senior years at USU and devote himself to painting. For
seventeen years Eric has been working 10 to 12 hour days to keep
up with demand for his colorful, enjoyable paintings. His work has
grown in popularity every year.
has been asked to participate in many group shows including the
prestigious Peppertree Art Show at the Peppertree Ranch in Santa
Ynes California. Other group shows include the East Meets West
show in Gaithersburg Maryland, the Tri-cities Art Show in Richland
Washington, The Phippen Museum Art Show in Prescott Arizona, and
the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale Arizona.
one-man exhibitions in the galleries number over twenty and
continue each year. Galleries have found in Eric a prolific talent
and continue to bring Wallis’ work to the forefront of
public interest. As Eric paints over 100 paintings a year,
galleries still seem to find more avenues of distribution and a
growing clientele hungry for the work.
popularity of Eric’s work hasn’t kept him from
reaching. In 1997 he was selected to study with two of the finest
artists in America, Richard Schmid and Burton Silverman in
Loveland Colorado. More discipline and traditional technique was
stressed and Eric began re-tooling skills to include drawing,
value, and chiaroscuro. This emphasis, in addition to the color
and texture of the impressionists, loft Eric’s paintings to
higher levels of subjectivity and emotion. Now substantive, the
work is being recognized by the finest collectors across the
United States and reaching across oceans to England, Italy,
Australia, and Turkey.