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Young Californian artist Eric Merrell travels around the United States and to Europe, hunting for places to paint on location directly from nature. As a youth, family camping vacations to the Sierras of California, the Badlands of South Dakota, and across the United States provided the background for his avid outdoorsmanship; hiking and backpacking trips still provide a strong focus for the artist to study nature and work on location.
Eric Merrell was born in Gilroy, California on April 24, 1978 and raised there and in Rochester, New York. Early studies during high school included classes in figure and portrait painting with Jim Smyth at the Pacific Art Leagu
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