Framed Canvas Giclee Print
by Eric Dowdle
Size: 18 x 22.5
Certificate of Authenticity Included
“Prove yourself brave, truthful, and unselfish and someday you will be a real boy.” That is the promise of the Blue Fairy to the puppet Pinocchio. This is a story of our human condition and striving to become but even more so about redemption. The message is that there is always a way back for someone with a good conscience and a strong heart if they hold on to unconditional love. I first saw it when I was seven years old. There was something special to me about the movie even after only one viewing. I identified with the puppet turned little boy but was too young to know why. I just knew I loved him. My parents bought me a Pinocchio bank doll and it was my prize possession through my childhood. I kept it through high school. Starting this project, 44 years later, I sat down and watched it again. It had an unbelievable impact on me. I cried openly. I knew right away what I wanted to capture in my painting. We all start out innocent. We want to please, do some good, be recognized, and be happy. We set off on our journey trying to figure it all out. Then we make mistakes and get roughed up by life’s harsh realities. This seems to slowly chip away at our youthful optimism. We feel unloved, without worth, and irredeemable. Then we find that source of unconditional love which pulls us back from the edge, for which we would sacrifice all. That love is the ultimate reality. Often times, we need a great awakening to bring us back to the way we saw the world when we were young. That is the moment of pure joy I wanted to capture in this painting. Pinocchio has returned home to his father. They dance in celebration that he has become a real boy – their dream come true. Jiminy Cricket has also reached his goal of becoming an Official 18 Ct. Gold Conscience, bestowed by the Blue Fairy’s starlight. Figaro, Cleo, and the clocks are even caught up in the joyful event. This is considered by many to be Walt Disney’s best animated classic. Its magical mantra echoes, “When you wish upon a star your dreams come true.”
About The Artist
Eric Dowdle has a background of hard work and dedication to God, family and country. He was born and raised in the heart of the western United States to parents of 12 children, 2 girls and 10 boys. Many of the stories of his youth are reflected in his artwork – a chicken stuffed in a mailbox, a young boy surprising his mom with flowers from the neighbor’s yard, children bravely walking a fence line or Boy Scouts playing pranks on each other.
The Dowdle family moved to Boston where Eric developed a fascination with folk art. This style of art brought together the values that were instilled in him throughout his life with his love of people, sense of humor and the ability to tell the stories of people through the detail of the artwork.
Eric, and his wife Deb, now live on a charming farm with their own family and a smattering of farm animals by the Wasatch Mountains in Lindon, Utah. After visiting beloved locations throughout the world Eric easily proclaims that home is “my favorite place on earth.”
Eric has been creating art for over twenty years. He started painting in his early twenties; parting ways with college after one year, to “go make something happen.” Making things happen is how Eric does things; painting, exploring, marketing, and working day and night to expand the business and his collection of over 300 paintings. Today, his original paintings have been converted into premium gifts and keepsakes, such as fine-art prints, and more.
Eric captivates people of all ages with his fun, quirky personality. His wit and charm make him a natural for television, radio and social media spotlights. He can be found starring in his second season of “Painting the Town with Eric Dowdle” on the BYUtv network, distributed worldwide. Sirius XM Radio has aired hundreds of programs, “Traveling with Eric Dowdle.”