Eric Nation was born in Chula Vista California in 1963. Growing up, he was surrounded by the artwork of his grandfather, Howard Little, an early California landscape painter, as well as the work of his father, a talented builder and mechanic. He studied architecture at the New School of Architecture in San Diego, before finishing his undergraduate degree in Environmental Design at San Diego State University. In 1989 Eric returned to SDSU to study Furniture under Wendy Maruyama, receiving his Masters Degree in 1992. After graduating from SDSU he accepted a teaching position at Mesa College in San Diego, where he taught furniture for several years. In 1995 Eric moved to San Francisco and taught furniture at the California College of Art. Since 1989 he has maintained both an architectural design and studio furniture practice. Eric’s work can be found in collections across the United States, Canada and New Zealand. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Western States Fellowship, awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1995. Eric has participated in both the Emma International Collaboration, and Collaboration New Zealand art events.
In 2020 Eric created WORKSHOP + GALLERY, a multidisciplinary studio and art gallery in Searsport, Maine. The gallery showcases Eric's work alongside the early California landscape paintings of his grandfather, Howard Little. The space is anticipated to become a hub for local designers and crafts people to collaborate and exhibit new ideas. Eric and his wife currently live on an 8 acre farm in Maine and have recently launched WORKSHOP WINERY, a boutique vineyard and event space.