About Erika

I am a Cincinnati based watercolor painter and I am passionate about exploring the beauty of the natural world in my work. Focused on large scale florals and nautical scenes, I work to blend my love of watercolor with my fascination in nature to create works that celebrate color, light, and detail.

In the last few years I have added a new direction in my work, applying my attention to detail and interest in photorealism to the creation of custom home portraits for a variety of clients. Working with both realtors and homeowners, I strive to capture memories in watercolor.

The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.

– Jessica Hische, lettering artist and author

When I read Jessica’s thoughts on her term – procrastiworking – it was as if all of the doubt and questions in my life faded away and my path became clear.

At the time, I had spent years building a career as an elementary school librarian in Arlington, VA. I had a loving husband and a young, busy daughter. A cute house with a gorgeous garden. Life was good. And yet…

I was spending hours a week delaying lesson planning and laundry and all of life’s responsibilities to draw and paint and doodle. In high school, I spent my summers drawing caricatures at Geauga Lake Park, driving an hour each way to spend the day sketching families and tourists. While earning a history degree at Miami University I squeezed pottery classes into my schedule. I earned a masters degree, got married, worked full-time, and still snuck time to sketch and paint. While my daughter slept and papers waited to be graded, I took classes so I could paint watercolors for friends and family.

And so, when our family moved back to Ohio in 2014, I took a break from the library to see what I could do with the extra time. My hiatus has become permanent as I spend my days ‘procrastiworking’ in the studio.

Past Exhibitions and Shows

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