Eric Whitfield has created some of the best artwork featuring cigars that we have seen. Eric has combined the world of cigars and art, and he has become known as the CIGARtist, a title that he proudly wears. We recently had the pleasure of talking to the CIGARtist, and we were able to ask him about his masterpieces, his art, and how the stars aligned for him and his art.
“I’ve been creating art, in some form, for as long as I can remember. I began smoking cigars in 1999. I’m not sure exactly what led me there but soon after, it was no longer about ‘smoking’ it was about the experience. The cigar is a work of art in itself. Artisans carefully and artfully creating each one by hand…Inspecting the construction, the colors, the textures, the aromas…it’s nothing if not inspiring. Then there is the social experience of celebrating a cigar. This is something I experience even in the absence of others. I have learned to be social with myself. I’m not saying I carry on conversations with myself, but it is a time of reflection and consideration. Inevitably, my passion for cigars and my passion for art collided and the cigar experience found it’s way to the canvas.
I have a little studio at home. It’s small. It’s messy. It’s MINE. I love to get up early on the weekends before the rest of my family is awake. I make myself a cup of coffee, grab a handful of smokes from the humidor and head to the studio. I turn on the tunes, light up and ponder the blank canvas on my easel. The tobacco flavors mingle with the coffee creating a colorful marriage on my palate…the smoke rises from the foot in a straight line before it is unable to harness it’s excitement any longer and it begins to dance and weave into beautiful and unique patterns that will never be replicated. That smoke is me. Eventually, I put brush to canvas and although I often begin with a general idea in mind, the painting dictates the experience. It is a living entity. Each piece I create is real; honest. That is to say it is emotionally driven and a direct result of my passion. It is my passion.
I have been focusing my art on cigars for several years now. I became known as the CIGARtist, a title I wear proudly, as my stuff reached more people online. My work has been on the pages of Cigar Press as well as included in several online galleries and cigar magazines. In 2013, I attended the IPCPR in Las Vegas and immediately fell in love with the industry, the extended cigar family. I spend many hours in my studio painting cigar related pieces and online promoting my work in an attempt to become THE art guy in the cigar industry! In addition to Brothers and Sisters of the Leaf, lounge owners and brand representatives, I have been honored to have done work for several cigar industry notables including Rocky Patel, Fred Rewey of Nomad Cigars, Sam Leccia of Leccia Tobacco, Jon Huber of Crowned Heads, Scott de la Pena of Hermosa, Gary Griffith of House of Emilio, George Rodriguez of Rodrigo, Emille Mustafa and Azarias Mutafa Cordoba of Cordoba & Morales Cigars and Delicia, Cigar Vixen. Additionally my art has made an appearance in the film “AFTER” (good flick..check it out. Just don’t blink or you might miss my stuff!). I offer original acrylic on canvas paintings as well as signed digital prints on archival quality acid-free paper. I have also added hand-painted travel humidors to my art offerings. Commission requests are also always welcome.
My goal is to continue to share my passions with others who celebrate the cigar experience. My art makes a unique addition to any space and is sure to attract attention. Perfect for the walls of the enthusiast at home, in the office, at shops and lounges or your man/woman cave!”
The CIGARtist continues to impress with his artistic ability and style. He is continually turning the heads of cigar aficionados, art lovers, and beyond. With Eric’s unique prospective and the earned title of the CIGARtist, we are sure he will remain on track to be the best artist in the tobacco world.
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