Beneath the Surface

California artist Eric Zener's surreal waterscapes reflect real human emotion.

Blue Gaze

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Blue Gaze

California artist Eric Zener creates ultra-realistic paintings that look great in any beach house. Here are some of our favorites:
 
A woman ponders the infinite horizon, a reminder of the limitless possibilities stretching before mankind in this piece called "Blue Gaze".

Breaking Free

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Breaking Free

Pieces like this one may begin with an underwater photograph Eric takes to capture figurative details, or with one of his free-form drawings.

Afternoon Reflection

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Afternoon Reflection

In his San Francisco studio, Eric applies fine details to this piece. His finished work will evoke the movement of the water, the heat of the concrete tile, and the reverie of the sunbather.

Relinquishing

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Relinquishing

A self-taught artist, Eric translates the bubbles, ripples, ebb, and flow of water into paint on canvas. "I can see an image moving," he says.

Surfacing

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Surfacing

A swimmer ascending to a sunlit surface evokes a sense of renewal and escape.

Suspension

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Suspension

"The lone figure immersed in water illustrates the constant force and changing tides in our lives," Eric says.

Swirl

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Swirl

"Water is a sanctuary we are all in search of," Eric says. "Water offers risk and discovery and transformation. It's something we can all connect to."

Tiny Dancer

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Tiny Dancer

Eric paints many of his subjects wearing red, providing a stark contrast to the soft palette of blues, greens, and grays that envelop them.

Vanishing Point

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Vanishing Point

Like most of Eric's water-related imagery, this scene of a woman lying between a pool and the infinite sea has a serene, dreamlike quality.

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