I love taking my clients and followers, behind the scenes of how each pet comes alive on canvas. Many share how much they enjoy following along in real time via Instagram or Facebook and others prefer the monthly inspirational email (sign up for a chance to win $100 studio credit in our monthly drawing) for a quick summary for a few links to deep dive. Come with me as we take a look at [...]
Ahhh Caroline's Pet Portrait from last Spring. I met her in real life months after finishing and it was a moving experience bringing tears to my eyes. ”I KNOW YOU” - my whole being said to this beautiful rescue pup I’ve shared countless of hours together with in my studio. There is an intimate connection between me and the pet I paint. It’s like they are in the studio with me cheering me [...]
I’ve got mom brain. I can barely remember what day it is but I do remember how to paint and Chunky's Pet Portrait is a sanctuary. He is guiding me into what this new season in life is for me. Between spit ups, blow outs, potty training and the Virginia heat wave, painting for me is being in direct alignment with the Universe. At least I got this down. Here, I don’t have [...]
I loved working on Jess' bridal bouquet earlier this Summer, and I'm itching to paint another one. The painting was commissioned as a birthday gift from a friend. My clients are the most thoughtful people. I will share the final once I get it posted here on the site.
"I opened my Christmas present and said out loud: Oh, it’s a pet portrait of a french bulldog. Then I realized, it’s a portrait on MY french bulldog and I immediately burst into tears. This is one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received. I'll treasure it always." - M.L. of Virginia Fanny’s pet portrait is a custom original acrylic painting of a white french bulldog commissioned by a husband from Virginia. [...]
Again, THANK YOU! I can't adequately express in words how much this means to my family." - K.C. of Reston, Virginia Often the commissions I receive are created to heal, honor and pay respect to the past and the future, while expressing gratitude in the now. Many of my clients reach out to me to heal the loss of a pet for example, or to celebrate love in the form of a bridal bouquet. [...]
A photo posted by Erica Eriksdotter (@studioeriksdotter) on Nov 20, 2015 at 9:48am PST It's not often I fall madly in love with my own art. Like, sure I like all my art but this piece has me wrapped around its finger. I don't think I could sell a piece if I wasn't proud of it, but liking it so much I decided to keep it to myself? Nah, that doesn't happen often. So what [...]
Working with Erica on Olive's pet portrait was an easy and enjoyable process. I appreciated Erica's attention to detail, advice and consultation with me during the creation of the painting. I couldn't be happier with the end product. The details are amazing and it looks exactly like Olive, right down to the asymmetrical pattern on her nose and lines on her face. We'll enjoy this painting for decades to come!" - B.L. of Virginia [...]
A little flashback to Boomer, Lexie and Sugar Bear from earlier this year.
At at 130 lbs, Sugar Bear has been a regal and intimidating personality. Erica has perfectly reflected the kind and imposing nature of this gentle giant. This portrait thrones over our family room and brings back fond memories of this departed member of our family. – J.G. of Virginia Sugar Bear’s Portrait is a custom original acrylic painting of a Great Pyrenees and the third portrait out of three commissions ordered by a client in Virginia. I've [...]