Painter and maker for over 20 years, Erin is a landscape artist who highlights the regional beauty of the Hudson Valley among other locations. Rich in color and inviting, these paintings are sensitively attuned to their specific location. Each work begins with a drawing study, then a color study then the final work. All work is on the finest archival watercolor paper.
5 x 8" 2014
These night photos are a painter's way of letting go of draftsmanship and control in preference for the auspicious mistake. Escaping the isolation of the studio, I wrangle a friend or two with the persuasion of free drinks and the spirit of collaboration. We select a location in nature marked by amplified beauty yet easy to get to. We apply bug spray and forge a plan. For the next 3 to 20 minutes, it’s long exposure theater improve. A flashlight becomes the painter’s brushstroke, highlighting and drawing forth forms revealed by moonlight and the ambient light of humanity’s electricity reflected off the clouds. We move about with lights, a little scared, a little excited, trying to be lit, or not, counting out loud, careful to light without over exposing. Once shot. the camera needs to cook the file the same amount of time as the exposure. So we hang out as anticipation builds, a childlike appreciation for surprise and the pleasure of creating. Hands down, each photo is as compelling as a birthday present.
Featured here are studio works designed to express the human condition through symbolism and metaphor. Highly influenced by Buddhism, mythology, and life circumstances, these works convey a sense of what it means to be alive. The large scale works require a year to make, from sketchbook studies and drawings to the last brush stroke. Painted with intense attention to detail, a love for color, and the skill of a painter who has worked for over 20 years, my hope is these complex stories will keep your interest peaked for a long time. All work is painted on the finest archival watercolor paper.
30 x 60 2016 watercolor on archival paper
Drawing is the backbone of a work of art. Through study of line, proportion, shade and scale, a drawing is a way for the artist to integrate visual information thoroughly, freeing up mental energy so that the eventual painting can be more effortless and unconscious. These drawings are pregame warm ups, whether in the landscape or in the studio. This gallery features landscape drawing, studies of masterworks and studies for studio paintings.
Gallery of memories, these are works of art from over the years purely for viewing pleasure.