Hi there. Erika here. I am Tennessee-based mixed media artist. I would describe my work as funky, yet refined. Although the subject matter varies from abstracts to animals to architecture, every piece incorporates texture, usually painted on wood, and warm, inviting tones. My artistic process is part sculpture/ part painting. Typically, I sculpt the piece using a texturizing medium on wood first, before applying acrylic paint, paper, ink, and metallic leaf.
My career as an artist developed rather circuitously. As a child, drawing came naturally, and as I grew older, I devoured every art class available. In high school, I was selected for and attended the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, focusing on visual arts. With college applications looming, I turned my attention to majoring in business, though my love for art never waned. After working for an entertainment lawyer in Nashville, I enrolled in law school, graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law. I practiced law for nearly a decade, first as a law clerk for the Tennessee Court of Appeals, then at a firm defending medical malpractice and automobile collision suits, and finally as a judicial clerk for the Tennessee Supreme Court. During the course of my legal career, I realized how satisfying and fulfilling creating art was for me. It was a difficult decision to leave my legal career, but ultimately I began to realize that creating art is my true calling. Since then, I have focused solely on using art to bring JOY to my clients and collectors. In 2017, I opened my own business and began painting full-time. Now, I spend my time painting on commission, showing and selling original art across the South and instructing children and adults through preschool art lessons and local art workshops.
My goal when creating a piece to is evoke a feeling of happiness and comfort. I am inspired by nature, the exhilarating feeling of exploring a new city, Southern hospitality and celebrations.
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