Eric Wiegardt, a native of Washington state, grew up near the small town of Oysterville. Following a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, he graduated from the famed American Academy of Art in Chicago where he studied under his mentor, Irving Shapiro. He returned to his home town in 1985 to open Wiegardt Studio Gallery in the Victorian home built by his oyster pioneering great grandfather. With over 20,000 copies sold internationally, Eric Wiegardt’s book “Watercolors Free & Easy” has influenced countless artists. Now available in a new edition, it can continue to teach both professional and beginning watercolor artists. Featured in many books on watercolor, Wiegardt has served as a judge as well as lectured and taught in the United States and Europe. His original watercolors are in over 3000 private and corporate collections.