Born and raised in Eskilstuna, Sweden, surrounded by nature and Viking runes, Erica loved to paint from an early age. It wasn’t the acrylic set or the easel stand she received at age 7 that had her fall deeply, it was the watercolor set with individual paint boxes and the beautiful ceramic palette she bought that matched the detailed and delicate way of painting she knew felt more like home. She still has that same watercolor set in the studio three decades later.
She sold her first painting at age 10 of a small simple landscape with a single red balloon floating in the air. She continued to paint throughout her teens, finishing watercolor pieces while on the phone with her girlfriends or while traveling in Europe. To her, it was an essential way of being.
To be a big-hearted creative was as valued as anything else when Erica grew up. Her mother was always busy with a new creative project (and is also a fine arts painter and crafter whom Erica has exhibited “2 Generations” with) and her mother’s father was also a painter, woodworker and gardener. Their art hang in Erica’s studio as a reminder of how her creativity was inspired, nurtured and valued.
After moving to the U.S. at the age of 20 to continue her studies in communications, she revisited acrylics after years of working with watercolors. And when she played with acrylic paint again, she applied the technique she’d used with watercolor – diluting every brushstroke with water – and she had found her style. Finally, the bubbling creative feeling from within matched what came out on canvas. Her art flowed, without falter, directly from her heart out through her arm, hand and brush.
She received her first commission after an exhibit in Virginia at 25 of a half-shaped sunflower, which followed her first large triptych statement piece for a living room. She continued to do commissions as she exhibited in national juried art shows up and down the East Coast, while shaping her PR career and creating a home with her college sweetheart – another fellow big-hearted creative.