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 have taught art in public and private schools, in homeschool co-ops and private art lessons.
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.
Most days you will find me painting in my home studio, teaching art at my children's school, or finding ways to eat more veggies. 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.
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, my work begins long before I pick up the paintbrush. It is formed in countless hours of observation, contemplation and meditation.
Most often I work from a photo reference or direct observation. Like the great Impressionists, I am concerned with conveying a mood, rather than replication. From the initial sketch to the final dab of paint, I am always working to capture the light.