I’m Erica Eriksdotter, a Swedish-born; Washington-DC based artist inspiring joy with colorful modern art and portraits. I want to make people happier and inspire them with my pieces. Each painting has a force of its own, and through this energy, I endeavor to make the world a better place. Painting has always been a part of my life – I sold my first painting at the age of 10 in Sweden. I came to the U.S. in 2000 to study communications at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and have since done PR for large agencies and corporations while running my studio. I remain very much connected to Sweden as I still have family and close friends there, and I try to go back every year.
What’s behind Eriksdotter? I was born with the last name Larsson, but one day my sisters and I decided to honor our dad and change our name to Eriksdotter, which means “Erik’s daughter” in Swedish. I’ve always felt very connected to the name and believed that this name would be my platform. I’m so proud of my name, more so now as my father passed away when I was 21. My father also inspired me to dream big. He traveled all over the world, yet managing to appear he was never away at all. It made me realize that the world isn’t so big after all, and it helped me “just go for it,” as he used to say.
My art is about celebrating life with color and making the viewer aware of and believe in the vibrancy of life. It’s an expression and a blend of my two cultural experiences: the clean and simple lines are from my Swedish upbringing. The bold color palette is from living in the U.S. for more than a decade. I love painting pieces that bring deep, nurturing joy to others. I’m honored when my customers say they have their very own “Eriksdotter” in their home, referring to an original work I’ve painted for them. Painting is like breathing to me, and I strongly believe that I was put on this earth to share my art. I believe my work has healing qualities, and my creations vibrate on a very high frequency. I know my customers feel that. They describe a sense of bliss and serenity when viewing my art, and they often say they want to “stay here forever.”
Take a closer look at my behind-the-scenes process on my blog.