Hi! I'm Erinn
I have been passionate about making art for as long as I can remember. At the age of three, my Grandmother Isabel, an artist and art teacher, gave me my first sketchbook. By the time I was six, I was going door-to-door on our street, selling crayon drawings for twenty-five cents a piece.
My family always encouraged my love for art, providing art materials at home and after-school classes.
I studied Fine Arts at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, and earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Art with a concentration in painting.
Afterwards, I decided to go into art education and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State University in Detroit. I worked as an elementary art educator in the public schools for six years, until I left that position to home educate our children.
Most days you will find me teaching our children, finding new ways to sneak kale into recipes, or going for a walk in our neighborhood. Much of my inspiration is drawn from times in nature, whether its going on a hike, rock climbing, or simply sitting on the patio, taking in a sunrise. I see the goodness & beauty of God in His creation and I am humbled and honored to share this vision with you.
Although creating art is a vital part of what makes me who I am, I am first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ. He is the One who provides the color to my days, the anchor in the storms of life. I am also the wife of an amazing man and mother to four energetic and curious children (and one loveable, doofus of a dog.) We reside in the beautifully green, yet often cloudy state of Michigan.
My Artistic Process
The natural world is abundant with colors, forms and textures to delight and awaken our senses. The terrain of life traverses deep valleys of sorrow, to mountaintops of joy, and quiet streams of calm. These elements are used as metaphors to explore the landscape of the soul.
Typically, I work intuitively, without a preconceived idea of how the piece will look in the end. However, I often begin a piece with a color palette in mind.
I apply color in washes and drips, allowing them to interact and intermingle, forming organic marks. The tension of control versus spontaneity keeps the work vibrant and engaging as the piece emerges. Layers of paint form upon the surface, creating a sense of depth and mystery, inviting the viewer to step closer. These elements are metaphors for our lives. We need to look beyond the surface; we need to take time to explore and discover the depths of our souls.