“I love to paint! My inspiration is ignited by the life, beauty, and wonder in the created world. A huge influence on my painting philosophy is the nineteenth century French Impressionists. Alfred Sisley said, ‘To give life to a work of art is one of the most necessary tasks of the true artist.’ By magnifying unique facets of nature, pushing color, and maintaining a spirited brushstroke, I hope to paint a distinctive realism that touches the heart of the viewer.”

Eric's paintings capture the special beauty found in nature. Color and its application are the main elements of mastery in his paintings. With them, combined with a lively brush stroke and vision, Eric achieves energy, life and an ability to touch the deeper things.

Eric Tore painting
Eric Tore painting

Eric has been painting full time since 1990. His training in art began at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art and later, the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute. Eric studied art in Florence, Italy, for six months before graduating in 1976 from Florida State University with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. Eric’s work is included in many private and corporate collections. He has exhibited extensively and has won several awards. On two occasions, he was invited to Foster Harmon Gallery’s “Annual Major Florida Artists Show” in Sarasota. Also noteworthy is that Eric's work has been purchased by the prestigious Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, Burt Reynolds, Melissa Etheridge, Gerard Butler and Hartley Peavey of Peavey Amps & Guitars.

Eric with his wife Carol, and three children moved to the Big Island, Hawaii in 2001. After living in Maui, Colorado, and Kauai, Eric and Carol now live in Honolulu, Oahu.