Eric Dye is a native West Virginian who graduated from Concord University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, having won several Best of Show awards in various state and regional exhibitions while a student. After graduation, he served as an artist-in-residence in Harpers Ferry, WV, followed by an artist-in-residency at his alma mater, Concord University. While there, he carved a nine-ton Bicentennial statue of the first settlers in Mercer County, WV, that now resides on the court house lawn in Princeton, WV. He also carved a portrait bust of Aristotle in an early Greek style which is on display in the Concord University library. He also served as a resource individual to students enrolled in art degree programs at Concord.
After college Eric studied painting and sculpture at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, Connecticut, under Elisabeth Gordon Chandler and Robert Brackman, both artists of international renown and members of the National Academy of Design.
Eric enjoys the creative process no matter what the medium. So, he works in oils, watercolor, pastels, charcoal, and pencil; and also carves in stone, wood, and bone ivory.
Many varied sources of inspiration have influenced his work. John James Audubon’s bird paintings impacted him from an early age. As a teenager, he lived for two years in East Africa, where he was exposed to a vibrant mix of cultures and colors. At the Lyme Academy, he was exposed to the impressionism of Robert Brackman and the sculptural realism of Elizabeth Chandler. As a young adult, Eric spent several years as a chalk art evangelist, and spent his later years teaching Graphic Design/Print Technology to inmates in a prison.
Since arriving in the Ohio Valley, Eric has participated in the Paint Historic Wheeling Plein Air paint out, and has also contributed in several of the Cross Current Art Shows held each year by the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling, WV.
Eric was introduced a few years ago, to the challenges of Plein Air painting where soft pastels has become a favorite medium, and now travels to Prince Edward Island, Canada annually to participate in the Points East Plein Air paint out.
He is a member of Artworks Around Town, the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts of WV Artists, and the Pittsburgh Pastel Artist League. He taught graphic arts through the WV Department of Education until retirement, while earning a Master’s degree in Education. Eric now offers private and small group lessons at his home studio in Bethlehem, WV.