This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
Eric Dowdle, founder of Dowdle Folk Art, says he strives to live what he paints. Eric lives on a farm and is happily married with four children, 80 chickens, four turkeys, five ducks and a muster of peacocks. Eric paints at a studio located in an old school house, complete with a bell, and he captures the old fashioned values of the past in his Americana folk art.
As a child, Eric remembers his parents telling him that "if it doesn't look real, it's not art." But after his family moved from their farm to Boston, Eric not only discovered that art is a vast world of color and form, but he also found what would become his career — folk art.
Eric tells me an incredible high school art program originally fueled his interest in art, along with an art teacher who set him free to explore his potential.
After taking one year of art at Ricks College, Eric set out on his own. Over the years his artistic style has evolved and is now what he describes as a slice of American pie with a glimpse into the moral innocence of the good Œole days.
Today, Eric is "Painting America" and capturing the unique and beloved aspects of each city's landscape. His artwork, especially the puzzles made from his paintings, are well known across the United States.
Eric is genuinely involved in his community, with a portion of his gallery's proceeds going to his foundation, "The Gingerbread House Foundation", which is dedicated to the intervention, prevention and treatment of child abuse.
In addition to his gallery at Thanksgiving Point, Eric is planning on opening several other galleries across the nation. These galleries will specialize in American folk art and will reflect the old-time American values Eric and his family hold so dear.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.