Born in Livermore, California, 1968, Eric Mecum is a self-taught painter who has been painting off and on since 1988. While attending a small community college in California, he came across the works of Robert Cottingham. Cottingham, a leading member of the realist movement, focused his work on painting storefronts and neon signs, and Eric saw the similarities in his own work and the clean style of the compositions.
In Sonora, Eric found inspiration in the abundance of neon signs to use as subjects. The old SunLite signs fascinated him. Over the years, his collection of reference photos inflated faster than he could paint.
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