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Eric Bowman was born in Pasadena and grew up in Orange County, CA (when they used to actually have orange groves). Essentially a self-taught artist, Eric had a knack for drawing as far back as he can remember, always the class artist throughout his elementary and high school years. Various art-related jobs such as silk screen T-shirt printer or surfboard airbrush technician led to a lengthy and successful career as a commercial illustrator, until switching to fine art painting in the mid-2000's. His artistic influences include Frank Brangwyn, the early California Impressionists, Joaquin Sorolla, Russian impressionists whose names he cannot pronounce, and many of the great golden-age painters and illustrators of the early 20th century. When not traveling to various plein air shows or visiting his beloved home state of California, Eric resides in the state of Oregon with his wife and daughter, and their dog,