Eric Forsberg is a classic marine artist, an oil painter in the spirit of some of the great maritime artists of the 20th Century. He loved to draw and paint as a child and eagerly pursued learning more by using varying opportunities to advance his skills.
Forsberg was born in Chicago in 1959. At age 10 he sought out art supplies to pursue his love of drawing and painting. Remarkably, he found a way to wrangle a paying job washing dishes at a banquet hall to buy pastels and later oil paints. A turning point in his life came when he enrolled in a 6-week painting course with Charles Vickery at the age of 18. They began painting together on Sundays. Later, Vickery would invite him to share a studio space, a mentorship that would last almost 10 years.
Forsberg's formal art education began at the American Academy of Art. Influenced by the master painters of the 20th Century such as: Thomas Hoyne III, Charles Vickery, Frederick Waugh and Montague Dawson. Forsberg learned Hoyne lived in a nearby community and contacted him to ask if he would be willing to critique his work. Forsberg says he was grateful for the time and attention.
After years of painting in and outside the studio, and with the encouragement of Charles Vickery, Forsberg went to sea to work on fishing trawlers, lobster boats and tall ships. This experience has given Forsberg insight into the way that man and water interplay. Kali (the Wench) aboard a tall ship. Forsberg enjoys painting water where one can feel the power and passion of man and nature together, as well as nature herself. He has finished a series of nine paintings of the Pride of Baltimore II, which will be published for the Pride of Baltimore organization.
Forsberg's work is displayed in fine galleries, museums, and invitational and juried exhibitions across the country. Due to Museum and collectors increasing interest, Forsberg's work has been placed in high demand. His paintings have also been used for the Chicago Maritime Festival posters for the past several years.
Eric was recognized in November 2010 at the Roger's Street Fishing Museum, which acquired a print of the Rouse Simmons, "Yuletide Cargo", painting for the new wing of their museum. This wing will house artifacts that were retrieved from the wreckage of the Rouse Simmons, which sank Two Rivers, Wisconsin in November of 1912.