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Eric Zener’s Underwater Paintings (Not Photos) – 16 Total


Looking through artist Eric Zener's underwater paintings, you start to immediately remember what it feels like to be immersed in cool, clear water. That moment when the world's worries wash away and a sense of calmness overtakes your body. Zener calls that shared feeling our “quest for refuge and peace beneath the chaos of life.”

What was his inspiration?

Zener watched his wife give birth to two children. He nearly drowned on the Rogue River in Oregon. He has watched friends and family battle illness. “Where do I put my energy? It shows up in my work,” Zener said. “I paint these images as a cathartic relief for myself. And hopefully, the viewing of the paintings is cathartic for other people.”

“My work is about psychological turning points and transformations and risk, taking that proverbial leap of faith, balanced with that quest for finding refuge, finding quietness and stillness and escapism,” he said. “Some [paintings] are very, very introspective escapism. Some are just the joy, the pool full of people in this temporary oasis. The 10 minutes when you hit the water for the first time and the smell of sun tan lotion hits your nose. You really don't think about anything for those first few minutes.”

Through the Layers


The Passage


The Answer


Slipping Through the Blue


Anonymous Happy People

Group Therapy





The Olympian (Michael Phelps)

Eric Zener

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