Eric LePape

After a maritime career punctuated by numerous travels and adventures on the open sea, I decided to return to my first passion: painting. I soaked in color from an early age with my feet in seaweed and a free hand to hold palette knives caked with cerulean blue and ultramarine. My early color palette quickly reflected the colors of the sea, so it’s no surprise that I spent most of my career at sea, on the ocean! I love the sea deeply. She represents all of human adventure; full of history, connecting peoples traditions and cultures. Connections are forged through a desire for discovery and exchange. The use of color is vital in my work. After mastering the foundations of painting, I use color, and the relation of tones to express my feelings. Color is a great tool; a means to create space and perspective. I also play with mass and line, positive and negative space, shadow and light. My technique matches well with my temperament. Using oils and palette knife, I create in the impasto style. The only way to master this technique is to immerse yourself in it! My technique leaves little time for reflection, and sometimes the palette knife work borders on violent. But this leaves little to chance and requires concentration. The result appears transparent due to my use of materials bonding with glazes and inlays. Landscapes are an extraordinary game; they may appear to open into infinity or may be constantly changing and renewing themselves. The subject deserves to be respected and dissected on its own before the viewer applies his/her own sensibilities to the experience. In the end, imperfections, intentions, and feeling are evident, and sometimes surprising. This is the paradox of art where “imperfection” meets “beauty”!

Le clocher bleu
Le clocher bleu

40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches) oil on linen #22913

Coté Azur
Coté Azur

40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches) oil on linen #22919

En chemin
En chemin

40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches) oil on linen #23013

Le reflet rouge
Le reflet rouge

40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches) oil on linen #23014

Lumières du quai
Lumières du quai

40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches) oil on linen #23015

Le toit vert
Le toit vert

40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches) oil on linen #23016

Les 3 marches
Les 3 marches

40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches) oil on linen #23017

Reflet jaune
Reflet jaune

40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches) oil on linen #23018

Ombre rouge
Ombre rouge

40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches) oil on linen #23019

La barque orange
La barque orange

40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches) oil on linen #23021

Soleil rouge
Soleil rouge

40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches) oil on linen #23022

Vert azur
Vert azur

40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches) oil on linen #23023

Nuit tranquille
Nuit tranquille

40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches) oil on linen #23024

Les 2 rouges
Les 2 rouges

50 x 50 cm (19 11/16 x 19 11/16 inches) oil on linen #23025

Le clocher orange
Le clocher orange

50 x 50 cm (19 11/16 x 19 11/16 inches) oil on linen #23026

Le quai azur
Le quai azur

50 x 50 cm (19 11/16 x 19 11/16 inches) oil on linen #23027

La barque verte
La barque verte

50 x 50 cm (19 11/16 x 19 11/16 inches) oil on linen #23028

Lumière méditerranéenne
Lumière méditerranéenne

60 x 60 cm (23 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches) oil on linen #22921

Le clocher rouge
Le clocher rouge

60 x 60 cm (23 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches) oil on linen #23029

La baie de lumière
La baie de lumière

60 x 60 cm (23 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches) oil on linen #23030

Le phare de Sauzon
Le phare de Sauzon

60 x 60 cm (23 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches) oil on linen #23031