Erica was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She began creating art at a very young age and enjoyed drawing birds and flowers. During high school, Erica’s talent was acknowledged and she was awarded scholarships to take classes at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. Following high school, she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts and moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. City life was exciting yet frantic, and after a few hectic years Erica was ready for a change. She moved to rural Humboldt County, where she knew she would have the lack of distractions that would enable her to focus on her artwork. She was fortunate to study oil painting with Michael Hayes, a very talented artist living in Eureka. Michael served as Erica’s mentor, and she is forever grateful for his teachings and wisdom. Erica found her medium – she loves working with oils.

Recently, Erica graduated from two  masters’ programs with Academy of Art San Francisco which has enabled her to further grow as an artist. She obtained an MFA in Fine Art and an MA in Illustration.  She enjoys painting still life arrangements as they enable her to create artwork from life. Erica paints portraits and pet portraits. She enjoys drawing and painting plein aire. She teaches oil painting classes in her studio.  She participates in her local Sunday painters group in various rural Humboldt County locations. She is  the former President of the Redwood Art Association but remains the Newsletter in Chief for the organization.  Erica a member of California Art Club, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and the Humboldt Arts Council. She is committee chair for the Humboldt Open Paintout, a plein air competition.  Erica is currently teaching landscape painting classes through Cal Poly Humboldt’s College of Extended Education & Global Engagement. Art is her life, and she loves to share her work with others. 

My standard pet portrait sizes are 9×12 and 10×10. They come framed for $500.  Anything larger or smaller is priced upon request.  I work from a photo reference and may require more than one.  I also paint and draw people and I am open to still life, portrait, landscape commissions as well. Please email:

I am an active board member of the Redwood Art Association. For gallery hours and location: