Artist Eric Sloane applies masking tape along the top of the band at the lower edge of Earth Flight Environment. Eric Sloane (1905-1985) was one of America’s most accomplished natural artists. A student of the Hudson Valley School of natural landscapes, he created more than 15,000 paintings and wrote 38 books. A native of New York City, Sloane was attracted to the beautiful simplicity of early American rural architecture and tools. From his studios in Connecticut and New Mexico, he explored his fascination with wood and the many ways early Americans used it.