Here's a little insight into the creative process and the inspiration behind the work of Will Eskridge.
Will Eskridge works as a full-time artist specializing in outcast animals like bats, coyotes, and snakes. He also paints pet portraits on commission.
Having previously roamed the southeast, setting-up shop in Charleston, SC; Kings Mountain, NC; and Nashville, TN; Eskridge resides in Athens, GA with his wife, their son, and their motley crew of dogs and cats. Along with art, Will is a stay-at-home dad and also drums and plays guitar in various musical projects.
With a father as a veterinarian and an artist mother, Will’s affinity for animals and art began when he was in pre-school. Will attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Visual Arts/Savannah and earned his B.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco Art Institute in 1999.
Eskridge’s work is in both private and public collections in Athens, Atlanta, Raleigh, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, China, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.
"Helping out at my father’s practice gave me direct behind-the-scenes access into the lives of animals on a daily basis. Witnessing both happy moments and not-so-happy moments between owners and pets made me realize the massive impact animals have on humans and vice-versa. Some call it energy. Some call it spirit. But we can all agree that there is something connecting us all. To paraphrase: We are not animal beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having an animal experience."