That Which is Me...
crazy creative gal with a bent for paper & pen, rabbits, COLOR  and life

I am a self taught artist, trying new things, breaking the occasional rule, always looking to nature for inspiration, and doing my best to be a compassionate human.

I did take painting lessons and perhaps I could spin that tale into more; but the truth is that I was eleven and my most vivid memories are about drinking coffee.  I did learn an old school oil technique that I still use when the moment calls, but oil painting is not my real love.

Landscape Architecture was my first love; perennial garden design in particular.  Flowers remain my steady inspiration for the subtle nuances of color and texture. I hold a BS in Environmental Design; Landscape Architecture from Cook College, Rutgers University. 

May I also add that I am an Usui Reiki Master and a student of Shamanism.

As long as I can remember, I have been drawing, but it is only since 2009 that it has become my primary vocation.  This is what I was born to do. This is my soul's purpose.  I embrace my artistic expression as a full time vocation.  Creative expression is my lover and I do my best to be attentive.

My compositions are intuitive to my experiences, waking and dreaming, coupled with my optimism for humanity. I love the use of symbolism in alchemic or visual forms to convey a message.  My art, like me, continues to evolve and devolve dependent on outside forces and my own life energy.  It is a ride, so to speak. A wild ride. 

I am pleased to have your company along the way...

This is Me, Brenda Erickson, 
with my good friend Bunny.
In praise of my muse...

Sometimes I feel like a poker player, sitting on a great hand, trying to maintain a calm expression as I pick and choose how to best play my royal flush of creativity.  Other days, I don't even want to ante as I know I got nothing.  Everyday that the ideas are flowin', I am grateful.  So, let me take this moment to acknowledge my muse- my creative force.  Thank you for gracing me with my boundless imagination and dreams so vivid.