About

Artist / Illustrator

Selamat Datang!

Troy Eittreim is an award winning multi-discipline artist, currently focusing on Digital Painting. He holds a BFA in Painting and Illustration from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

On this site you will find examples of his current personal work, links to purchase one-of-a-kind and limited edition prints, as well as other personal work created prior to his adoption of digital tools – in other words – analog creations.

Eittreim says, during my time at school, SCAD offered no computer classes. There was no such thing as Photoshop. Indeed Photoshop would not be commercially released until after I had graduated.

And it wasn’t until a couple years after graduation, that a friend stopped by to me gave me a copy.

However, there was no Youtube, no tutorials, no Photoshop for Dummies. So, I spent several years teaching myself (probably acquiring many bad habits to add to my other many bad habits).

At first, I could do little with the software. It felt primitive. I was quite dissatisfied.

Yet I was also fascinated. And challenged. And I could see the possibilities.

I knew I could achieve the aesthetic I have in my minds eye. Loose painterly imprecision combined with refined, highly stylized graphics.

But the tool presents certain problems for the creator that other tools do not. For one, the artist does not actually touch a medium. He dances his fingers on a smooth surface thumb pad – much like finger painting – yet with no paint.

It would take many years to learn how to operate the tool to produce what I see. And I often returned to traditional tools to satisfy my creative vision.

Now, having conquered Photoshop and Illustrator, I use them almost exclusively to produce what I call digital painting.

How I got here

I was raised in the arctic tundra (and cultural wasteland) of small town, Iowa.

An only child, I was naturally introspective, and spent many frigid winter hours in quiet contemplation. With chiclets chattering and ice-glazed piggies crying, I’d warm at my grandparents’ kitchen table, watching Chuck Jones, Tex Avery and Max Fleischer cartoons. I’d watch black and white Viet Nam conflict footage and be fascinated by the exotic flora, architecture and people depicted.

I’d draw. I’d paint. Play with plastic models. And airplane glue.

I showed a little natural talent.  And – thanks to Grandma’s encouragement – I developed quite the imagination! And a nice little crusty ring of glue under my nose!

But there, in Iowa, Norman Rockwell and Grant Wood rule the roost.

It wasn’t until college, when I was introduced to Rauschenberg’s work, Abstract Expressionism, and Surrealism that I flipped my lid on modern art.

Upon graduation from SCAD I felt I was emulating my heroes to closely. I decided I needed to define my own aesthetic. And stopped looking at art altogether.

Then around, 1996 I began to look at Indian Miniature Painting – idealized, delicate and quaint little paintings, often painted with a one hair brush, depicting historic Indian court life.

And in 2002, during travel to Bali, Indonesia I discovered Kamasan painting – highly stylized, fantastical creatures and landscapes painted with natural pigments.

Now, I live in sunny Florida, have warmed up (some), and combine all these various elements to create wry fairy tales and other haunting, oddly funny visions.

Contact

Shop

etsy.com/shop/TroyEittreim

mkt.com/troyeittreim

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8 comments

  1. Troy,
    I will confess to being “ignorant about art” but can appreciate your Artist Statement…always interesting to know the mind behind creative endeavors.

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  2. Troy,

    Very deep, interesting and colorful artwork. My favorites are the ones that have sky and water in them. Jazz Fest 2012 is especially cool (and crazy!).

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    1. Hi Heather!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and write. I really appreciate that! I’m glad you find them interesting – thats what I aim for.

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  3. Finally took the time to check out your work, Troy, and I’m so glad I did. Very unique and interesting. You are an exception to the rule in several ways–your name with the “ei” doesn’t follow the “i before e except after c” and more importantly, you are an exception for using modern techniques to reinterpret very old influences and creating some very striking works of art.

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    1. Hey Judy! Thanks for taking the time to view my work! Thanks the kind words! Yes, “old” art from SE Asia really turns me on. There is a wealth of painting, sculpture, music and dance across the Indian Ocean. From India to Tibet, Myanmar, through Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, all the way to Java and Bali. All with great similarities. This is due to ancient maritime trade wind travel. These all deal with what we would call the spirit world and humanism. I love this stuff. It is fascinating symbology and aesthetic. And I want to see more of it. Technology – and the amazing advances for mankind that it presents also turns me on. But I fear some of it. Sometimes I feel that in our headlong rush for technological advancement we begin to lose sight of our past – of our human or “animal” self. I use my work to bridge the gap. I hope to call attention to the beautiful, wonderful, vibrant historical artwork of SE Asia, before it is entirely lost to younger generations. I embrace technology and so use modern tools to sound the alarm about potential cost of all our “advancements”.

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