Fitzpatrick Studio/Gallery

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Painter Eric E. Fitzpatrick is truly unique. He is one of those exceptionally rare artists who paints equally well with either hand. Until an arm injury in 1988 Eric had worked exclusively with his right hand (doing mostly realistic work). During that year, however, Eric was forced to paint using only his left hand. The results were a revelation; award winning Expressionistic work that was full of raw emotion. Having won major painting awards with both hands, Eric now often combines the two. (As a general rule, the "Places of the Heart" and "Southern Culture" Series are performed with the right hand and "The Musicians" Series with the left.) Regardless of which hand is dominant in a work, the most important thing to Eric . . . is that it come from the heart.