Renowned painter and sculptor Eric Fischl shares with the group the story of his career, from developing his unique voice amongst his peers, to finding and keeping the attention of an audience, and the details of his painting process including the commingling of the intuitive and the premeditated.

“I believe that you don’t choose to be a painter; you just choose to be a better painter. It’s a sensibility in the way a certain person processes information, and it comes through color and shape, and your hand…the way you connect to your feelings, and process and order your experiences.”

Eric Fischl is a New York based sculptor and painter, and the author of the recent book, “Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas,” which tells the story of his career as a renowned American painter. Fischl is best known for his provocative works which use the culture of the suburbs as a means to investigate modern America. Fischl’s work can be found in the holdings of such prestigious collections as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modem Art in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, and MusÈe Beaubourg in Paris, amongst others. Fischl is also the founder, President and lead curator for “America: Now and Here,” a multi-disciplinary exhibition that addresses American identity through the arts. The artist is represented by Mary Boone Gallery in New York, and received his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts.