Eric Hovermale lives and works in Newport, RI.  Although he studied to be a painter, he has concentrated on photography for the past fifteen years.  His subject matter centers principally on the figure and on the portrait.  His figure studies are primarily explorations of movement, form, and light.  Both his figure studies and his portraits attempt to express the human spirit, as well as the external form of his subjects. 
Artist's statement:  In my images, I am attempting to use a visual language to create the same impact as a good poem -- I try to edit out the extraneous and to retain something of my interaction with the subject.  If you look at one of my images and have just a flash of a memory or a feeling without knowing why or what, I’ll feel that I’ve succeeded.  However, if you look at my images and enjoy doing so, I’ll be just as happy…. 
In a portrait, it’s always my goal to create an image that captures the interest of the viewer regardless of whether he or she knows the subject.  One shouldn't need to know the subject to be intrigued....