Eric O’Dell lives in Macon, Georgia. He is an Associate Professor of Art at Mercer University and was previously the Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. He also teaches in Mercer’s Great Books Program as well as the Philosophy and Art Study Abroad Program in Paris, Florence, and Athens. His studio work focuses on painting in water-based media as well as drawing. He maintains a rigorous studio life and is represented in several private and public collections as well as having participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions.



Artist Statement

My imagery is born from a lifetime in the American South.

The work, through the processes of painting and drawing, asserts itself through the familiar and often dredges up fragments of memories both conscious and felt, flashes of things seen, ached for, recalled along the way. Painting is a journey, each beginning opens up improvisation, mystery, grace… I paint to discover what I will to see. 


I paint, I draw, I teach. I am a father and a husband, a brother and son.