Over the years, I have found myself profoundly moved by the beauty of our area, whether it be the vastness of the Shenandoah Valley, the misty romanticism of the Blue Ridge or the vibrancy of Roanoke's City Market. What you see here is one man's loving responses to the visual feast that surrounds us. Whether these efforts are in oil, watercolor or pastel, they each try to capture a unique moment in the life of our Valley. I am most honored and grateful to have my work here in the Roanoke Review and salute you for your support of the visual arts!
Eric Fitzpatrick was born in Roanoke, Virginia. Inspired by his folk artist father and a creative writer mother, Eric maintained a fascination with art throughout childhood and high school. He furthered his craft by studying art at Virginia Tech. An accomplished painter, Eric now is proficient in watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oil. An injury to his right arm in 1998 led to Eric becoming an ambidextrous painter out of necessity, and his left handed paintings won 2nd place in a juried show of over 175 artists. Now, Eric is a respected fine artist with work in museum and corporate collections in over 19 countries around the world. He also has served as an art professor, teaching at Virginia Tech, Hollins University, and the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy.