I was first introduced to Erin through a mutual friend. After meeting her for the first time, I was not only drawn to her beautiful work, but also to her warm and down-to-earth personality. Originally from Cincinnati, her Midwestern roots are evident, as we quickly eased into a friendly relationship after our initial conversation over coffee. I was delighted to leave that meeting with an agreement that we would represent her artwork in our showroom.
Erin studied Art at the College of Charleston. Later she would spend time living in New York City, working in the fashion industry and wandering the museums of Manhattan in her free time. Now she calls Chicago home, residing in Lake Forest, IL. Her work ranges from abstract pieces to traditional landscapes. She specializes in custom work including commission paintings of significant locations. My personal favorite is her abstract initial prints (featured in our showroom and below). Each one is completely unique and makes the perfect wedding or housewarming gift.
What is your earliest memory of creating art?
Painting at my grandparent's house. We'd build things in my grandpa's workshop, then paint those creations with my grandma. That activity would keep us busy for hours. Genius ;)
What are three words you would use to describe your art today?
Personal, Colorful, Happy - I paint a lot of custom pieces. Bars where couples met, special vacations people took together, first homes. I love capturing memories that hold so much meaning for people.
Tell us a little more about your style. What inspires you to create/ who or what are your biggest influences?
My style varies. I love painting landscapes in a more realist style and love using beautiful colors to create abstract pieces. I also love trying new things and challenging myself.
Are there any current artists or particular pieces that you're loving?
I love Ken Done's work. He's an Australian artist. I was lucky to visit his studio in Sydney. He uses fun bright colors and a lot of his work is inspired by beautiful Australian beaches. I also love everything Charley Harper. Charley was a Cincinnati-based modernist artist known for his wildlife prints.
Tell us about one of your favorite projects to date.
I did a very large painting of an Amsterdam scene for some very good friends. It was a really fun painting to create. I worked off of a picture taken during an amazing trip. The best part is that I was there when the picture was taken. It made capturing the mood that much easier.
What do you enjoy most about working within the art world?
I love creating something tangible that holds so much meaning for the people who buy it. I love the flexibility and I really just love being creative. It's wonderful to have that sort of outlet.
What is one piece of advice you would give to artists who are hesitant to put their work out there?
You have nothing to lose! Artwork is so subjective... not everyone will love everything... but that's not really what it's about.
Where's your favorite place on Earth?
The easy answer is wherever my family is... but I'd have to say Biarritz is pretty sweet too.
What's your spirit animal?
I had to google this... but I guess as a stage 3 breast cancer survivor I'd have to say, Horse. According to Google, horses are resilient and persistent animals. Having a horse as your spirit animal means you can tap into your strength and abilities to fight through anything you're facing. That sounds about right. Also, Bluebirds... Google told me those represent happiness.
Where can we find you online/on social media? What is the best way for potential clients to contact you?