“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. - Thomas Merton
Living on the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado has had a huge impact on my work.. from the prairie grasses to agricultural structures and beyond.
I'm intrigued by contradictory impulses and gestures - approaching and withdrawing, overlapping and pulling apart, density and lightness, beauty and menace.
There are often many hidden layers and other conversations underneath what you see on the surface. I create history in the work as I erase and redraw, or paint over and under the elements time and again.
At this point in a 30 plus year career, success to me means seeing the work go out to good homes in the world.
Thanks for having a look, and feel free to get in touch with any questions or to see more images of the work.
After living in California, Oregon, Maine, Iowa, Washington, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland; I settled in Colorado. I formerly taught all levels of painting and drawing at Morehead State, the College of William and Mary and Colorado State University. I've won two Colorado state arts council fellowships, numerous merit awards and exhibited my work nationally for over 25 years. I earned a BFA at University of Oregon, and an MFA at University of Iowa. See more info at erskinestudio.com