Erick Ingraham

David Erick Ingraham (b. Dec.23, 1950 Philadelphia) has worked exclusively in the field of art since receiving a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art Painting in 1972 from Kutztown U. (Pennsylvania). His admiration for great illustrators like Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth and Edmund Dulac lead him to the publication field. While aiming to illustrate for children's books, he enjoyed creating editorial and demonstrative illustration in books and magazines for many years. (See Bibliography) Over the past twenty years, his paintings in oil and watercolor have been collected by private individuals. In 2004, after utilizing his skill in a wide variety of artistic pursuits for thirty years, Ingraham found a renewed energy for a concentration on oil painting. Since 2005, he has been evolving out of using a muted tonalism into a new vibrant glazing technique. He loves the luminous quality of Maxfield Parrish, the drama and design sense of Gustav Klimt and the esprit brush strokes of John Singer Sargent. His large oil landscapes and figure paintings capture this combination beautifully.

Ingraham's recent paintings showcase his years of accumulated skill in drawing and brushwork beginning with the underpainting. Even after the application of the many layers of overpainting that follow, his goal is to retain a look of effortlessness, a delicate balance between freedom and skill.

"A large part of what defines my psyche is Contrast. My strong Earth connection keeps me grounded as a technically oriented artist. My love of Contrast has become evident as I am drawn toward the excitement and elusiveness of emotion. In my recent work, I can see separate paths in my life converging. My love of natural phenomena and nature's textures that came forward in my landscape work has now converged with my love of human form and emotions. My internal dialog about technique likes to see a struggle between clarity and ambiguity - the contrast between bold design and painting with the look of effortlessness - The Delineated fused with The Ethereal. My oil paintings combine my love of interesting composition, expressiveness of drawing, and translucent color. They are all captured with a glazing technique painted on a "textured" yet very smooth gessoed surface. "