DSC Member: Eric Renner, Paint By Tumblers

Eric Renner

For most of us, kicking up our feet while enjoying an alcoholic beverage (or two) are activities reserved for after a hard day’s work. But for painter Eric Renner, guilty pleasures like these are his work—or, at least, his favorite subjects to paint.

Eric’s latest oil series is all about life’s little indulgences. Which, for him, consists of whiskey, cigars and long, beautiful high-heeled legs that he captures with masterful brushwork.

Why such extravagant images? Because nothing de-stresses better than a taste of the good life.

On learning how to paint by… painting: “I was that kid always sketching in the back of algebra class back in grade school. That eventually led me to pursue graphic design. And when I picked up the paintbrush in my 30s, I used those skills and a few tips from other artists to get going. But I really just painted everyday and figured things out myself.”

On being influenced by yourself (rather than others): “I really don’t pay much attention to the art world other than making sure I’m using the right materials. I don’t want to be too influenced by other artists. What good does it do if someone can’t tell the difference between my painting and someone else’s?”

On Eric’s creative process: “I definitely have to exercise regularly, or else I can’t sit still and focus. I also treat painting like a job: There are many days when I don’t feel like painting, but if I only painted when I felt like it, I’d never get anything done. Other than that, coffee and music are my lifeblood.”

On Eric’s latest projects: “My last painting, Two Crowns, was really challenging. It was fun to see it turn out the way I wanted it to. I also just finished a painting for a promotional contest held by a cigar magazine. It’s nice to be able to give away (rather than sell) original art every once in awhile because most people either can’t afford it or don’t think to buy it.”

On battling tech with “Life’s Little Indulgences”: “My intention was to make paintings that remind people how important it is to take the time to enjoy life, reflect on your day and have face-to-face conversations. With all the tech out there nowadays, moments like those are hard to come by, so we need to make the most of them.”

On words of wisdom for aspiring artists: “I still consider myself an aspiring artist, but if I were advising myself, I would say to never quit. To consistently work on improving my skills. To not take myself too seriously. To know that most people aren’t going to understand what I do or why I do it. To do what I’m compelled to do, and to know that there are people out there that see things the way I do. I just have to find them.”

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