About the Artist
Eric Butters is a Washington, D.C. landscape painter. His subject matter ranges from scenic views of the Potomac to urban landscapes of downtown Washington. His paintings belong to numerous public and private collections in the region, including the D.C. Commission on the Arts. Eric holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Painting & Drawing from American University. He is a former faculty member of the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, MD. He also served as the Department Chair of the Art Foundations Department at the Art Institute of Washington in Roslyn, VA, from 2006-2012.
I enjoy the challenge of painting directly from nature. Nature never stands still: due to ever-shifting sunlight and weather conditions, her appearance is constantly changing. I am drawn to paint the landscape largely because of the challenge of choosing, from many possibilities, one particular way to represent a scene.
I also enjoy working in several different media which allow for different effects: pastels excel at showing texture and subtle color shifts; acrylics showcase bold color and glazes; and watercolors capture a feeling of fluidity and color washes.