A California native, Eric was quite literally born into show business - his arrival in the 1960's put his parents' careers as two-thirds of the Showfolk musical trio on a long-term hiatus that is looking more and more permanent...
Defying the conventional mantra that people should focus on just one vocation or avocation, Eric has pursued many different goals.
He started photography young, assembling his first darkroom at the age of 10 and carefully building both his artistic eye and the technical skills required to translate that vision into photographic reality (including study of Ansel Adams' Zone System and the sensibilities of Group f/64). After more than thirty years working with film in all formats up to 4x5 view cameras, Eric has "gone digital" - but still brings the lessons learned along the way to creating every image. His artistic interests have long included landscape photography (in both color and Black and White), but he also enjoys turning his lens to the show business world.
Eric now serves as staff photographer for the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, and photographs for many other area theaters including Petaluma's Cinnabar Theater, Marin Shakespeare Company, Main Stage West, Marin Actors Workshop, Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Sonoma City Opera and WhatAShow productions, to name a few. His work has appeared in Theatre Bay Area Magazine (cover), the San Francisco Chronicle and Chronicle Magazine, Bay Stages, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the Petaluma Argus Courier, the Marin Independent Journal, the North Bay Bohemian, Parents' Press (cover), Sonoma Family Life, Northbay Biz magazine, ABC Soaps In Depth magazine, and numerous other local, regional and online publications.
Eric is also an actor and singer, appearing most recently in a leading role in Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash (2011), and also in The 1940's Radio Hour, The Music Man, Into The Woods, Oliver, and Man of La Mancha (all at 6th Street Playhouse); in addition he has been seen (and heard) onstage at Cinnabar Theater in Candide and Cosi Fan Tutte. He also sang classically with the Cinnabar Chamber Ensemble under director Nina Shuman.
On the flip side... Eric is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School, and is a member of the California, Colorado and District of Columbia Bars. He practiced criminal defense law in Colorado for several years, serving as chair of the criminal law section of the Boulder County Bar Association and a judge of the western regional round of the national law school trial competition, before returning to the Bay Area. He now participates in the OTHER family business (bridging the show business hiatus!) as a commercial real estate broker (with Chazankin Commercial Real Estate).