Originally from Richmond, Erin is a third year printmaking student at the University of Virginia.
Having spent my meager twenty-one years in Virginia, I was and continue to be in awe of this state’s natural beauty. Its lakes, rivers, mountains, and forests have offered me solace as well as inspiration throughout my life, granting me both fresh air and unforgettable experiences.
Nature has always been an intrinsic factor in my art practice. It is in many ways what taught to create, showing off its immaculate works every fall and spring, winter and summer. My childhood was devoid of religious practice in its literal sense, but brimming with spiritual experiences found amidst dirt and leaves. The purpose of these works is to explore the creation of a personal mythology stemming from my walks in the woods as a child and as an adult. Growing up, foxes, squirrels, and hawks became my saints as hiking became my prayer. I wanted to express what happens when a cathedral becomes a group of trees and when bible verses become birdsong.
John Muir wrote, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” These paintings and prints were inspired by the interconnectedness of nature, and the search for my own place within. Tug on any one and you will find it attached to places, people, and moments. I invite you to explore them as I have.