From 1948 to 1953, Eric attended Gray’s School of Art where, under the tutelage of Alberto Morrocco, Hugh Adam Crawford and Robert Sivell, he immersed himself in art. During his period at Gray’s he had his first solo exhibition at the then well-known art cinema, the Gaumont, at 181 Union Street, Aberdeen. According to his diaries, this proved a great success.
While at Gray’s, Eric was awarded the Davidson Gold Medal. Shortly thereafter, during his post-diploma year, he received the Robert Brough Travelling Scholarship enabling him to travel in France, Italy and Spain where he produced some of his most creative work.
Eric loved Aberdeen and had a sincere affection for Royal Deeside. Using oils and oil pastels, he captured the best features of the city and many unique views of Royal Deeside with a passion not seen in the works of more modern artists.
In recent years, Eric became more well-known for his paintings of Aberdeen city-scapes, especially those of Union Street. Eric had many of his favourite city-scapes reproduced as prints; “Aberdeen 1” , an edition of 2,500, was sold out within a year.