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Eye on Artists

Name: Robert “Blackcloud” EicherCity/town: Divide Creek area, south of SiltArtist statement: To me, art is the fundamental beauty of life, a representation of something that moves the spirit.Artist background: At 12 years old, I left the Osage Hills of Oklahoma and traveled the United States, Canada and Mexico, spending much of my time in the wilderness and absorbing all there was for a wide-eyed young man to see.Artist education: I’ve studied art in Japan and with various artists across the North American continent, pursuing studies in science, law and medicine along the way at various universities. The natural world has taught me to regard color, depth, light and shape.Shows and gallery exhibitions: I’ve conducted shows wherever my travels have taken me, including various establishments throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Currently my work is online at windsonggallery.com.How did you get started as an artist? I’ve been inspired to draw, paint, sculpt and work in other mediums as far back as I can remember.What do you do in your free time? I spend my free time reading and appreciating and absorbing the spirit of nature around me.What’s your favorite medium? I don’t have a favorite medium – I enjoy that each has its own challenges and rewards. I tend toward oil, however, and have taught both oil and watercolor over the past 35 years.Who’s your favorite artist? I’ve always marveled at the work of the old masters, astonished that they could achieve so much with so little. What or who is your biggest influence? Different life situations, sometimes moods, a certain moment in time, all these inspire me to paint – to render my impression of that instant.The Post Independent is asking accomplished artists to participate in “Eye on the Artists” by providing clear, descriptive, and fun explanations about what makes them tick as artists, including experiences in their field, hobbies and inspirations. Return completed forms to April Clark, at aclark@postindependent.com, 945-4487 (fax), or 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

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