ERIC JACOBSEN 2023 Rockland The Expressive Coastal Landscape!

A few years ago, Eric kicked off his first season here with one of the happiest classes I’ve seen…he is a joy to work with, providing ton of info, inspiration and abundant personal attention. His classes continue to generate  enthusiastic positive reviews , and I am delighted to have him here again.

Check him out on Facebook for current images;  he’s local and painting around here all the time!

Eric’s inspiration is the amazing beauty that he sees in nature. He is a true Plein Air painter. taking his oils wherever he goes, setting up on site, working until his painting is finished.

“It is most important to me that my paintings convey a certain mood”, Eric says. “I want that to be felt by the viewer without them having to analyze or think about what they are seeing.

“As a general rule, I try to find strong compositions in nature and then paint the scene accurately while leaving out the extraneous details which busy up the painting, detracting from the strength of the piece as a whole. My painting process consists of finding a site and setting up to paint for a couple of hours, or until the light has changed. For larger paintings, I will return on consecutive days at the same time and under similar lighting conditions, to finish a piece.”

This workshop with Eric is an opportunity to hone your painting skills and expand your creative language, to see like a poet and unlock your true creative potential. In this class, Eric will emphasize risk taking, abstract design and mark making, the three components to necessary to take your work to the next level and separate yourself from the pack.

Intended for both oil and acrylics painters of all levels, the class will focus on the fundamentals of good painting as they relate to coastal painting: Composition; Focal Point; Value; Design; Motif; Color. Eric is full of tips for landscape painters; he’ll share thru informal lectures, instructor demos, group critiques and plenty of individual instruction. Students went home well nourished!

This class is an opportunity to take a journey into new artistic territory… opening  up the possibility of a pure, honest and unique approach to your painting.

Eric Jacobsen was born and raised in New England. He received a BA in History from Gordon College in Wenham, MA in 1989 and studied fine art at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT from 1991-1995. At the Academy he received training in the Beaux Arts tradition of drawing and painting from life.

Eric Jacobsen

Awards  2019

“Movalli Gold Medal”, Rockport Art Association National Plein Air, MA
“Master Class Winner”, Art Muse, February
“Master Class Winner”, Art Muse, March


“Movalli Gold Medal”, Cape Ann Plein Air, Cape Ann, MA
“Petite Artist’s Choice”, Olmstead Plein Air, Atlanta, GA


“Finalist”, Boldbrush, FASO, October
“Second Place”, Pacific NW Plein Air, Maryhill Museum


“Peoples Choice Award”, Cape Ann Plein Air, Cape Ann, MA
“Artists Choice Award”, Paint the Peninsula, Port Angeles Fine Art Center,Port Angeles, WA
“Artist Choice Award”, Door County Plein Air, Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI

Recent Exhibitions 


“While We Were Still…Flowers Bloomed”, Turner Fine Art, Jackson, WY
“30th Anniversary Celebration”, Mockingbird Gallery, Bend, OR
“Gibson, Jacobsen and Winegar”, Kneeland Gallery, Ketchum, ID


“National Plein Air Exhibition”, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
“Art in the West”, High Desert Museum, Bend, OR
“A Painter’s Devotion”, Art On the Boulevard, Vancouver, WA
“Door County Plein Air”, Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI
“Three Man Show”, Kneeland Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

Magazine Articles

Eric Jacobsen, SouthWest Art Magazine, November 2016

Gallery Representation 

Art on the Boulevard, Vancouver, WA|
Gallery 89, Steamboat Springs, CO
Ingram Fine Art, Wiscasset, ME
Kneeland Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
Mockingbird Gallery, Bend, OR
Phinney Gallery, Joseph, OR


American Impressionist Society(AIS), Signature Membership Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters(RM


Some General Class Information:

2023 is a Covid unknown at this point. We will make sure you know any  protocols well ahead; please be assured that we will do everything we can to provide a safe environment for you! Compliance with our protocols is required. We’ll decide on carpooling class by class depending on necessary protocols.

  • Do bring layers for 3 seasons and rain gear…Maine weather changes in a blink and we really never know with any certainty from day to day! We’re fairly informal most everywhere tho, depending on where you eat out…many times, students just clean up in the studio, then head straight to a restaurant…

  • We‘ll process your payment after we get your online Registration and will email you a receipt. A $300 deposit will hold your space. Cancellation and Refund info is at the bottom of the Registration Form…(please do read the Policies before you check that you have!)

  • We’ll send a Supply List and more detailed info after you Register, and again about 2 weeks before the class. Print and tuck into your painting kit…It has the answers to most of your questions!

  • If you will need mediums etc, let me know and I will have them here for you to buy when you get to class. You are also welcome to ship materials to arrive the week before…ask about details!

  • The first day, the Studio will open at 8:15 AM… Classes run M-F usually between 8:30-4:30, but the exact hours are at the Instructor’s discretion…always an average of 6 hours/day, but starting and ending times may vary according to your instructor and painting site location.

  • We always have a 1 hour lunch break, to use or not, it’s up to you…and a lunch plan. You’ll order in the AM; we’ll deliver to your location…you pay in cash please, on your last day!

  • We no longer provide bottled water: bring at least one refillable water bottle! Tap water is fine to drink…

  • Our Studios are large, with good light, Rockland has waterviews and access; you’ll have your own table space and are welcome to leave equipment etc. there for the duration of the class. 

  • The Plein Air plan for the day is weather-dependent and decided at the end of the previous day if possible, but more likely, when we meet in the Studio each morning! Once on sit, make sure your Class Monitors know where you have set up; do plan to stay close to the demo area. Less running around for the instructor means more time for their feedback to you!

  • In Rockland, there is free parking on the both sides of the street by the Studio, just a few blocks from downtown. We are happy to help get you and/or your gear down and up!) the stairs from the street level deck.

  • We usually carpool to Plein Air painting sites unless we paint at the studio location, many of which have shade and at the least, a porta-potty or nearby facilities. You will get good verbal directions, GPS info, and we’ll have a hard copy of the directions on the Monitor table for you to photograph.

  • Each class has an experienced Monitor (or two!) as your Go-To person for any problems or needs…please ask…we all will do our absolute best to see that you have a great class experience!

  • Downtown has great galleries, shops and food and the  Mid-Coast area is full of wonderful places to paint, many accessible to the single painter that a class can’t utilize…if you can, take a drive around!

  • For Lodging  and Travel info, click on the buttons on the Home Page. (Scroll down for Belfast.)

  • If you have any problems, please tell us in case we can help; we can’t fix anything if we don’t hear till you get home. And be sure to contact us with any questions. Thanks!