Patti Erikson

For as long as I can remember, I have always drawn as a way to share my love of horses and art.  In school, I took as many art classes as I could and continue to study today.  Having graduated from central Washington University with a BA in Fine Arts, I relocated to Alaska and pursued my medium in scrimming and fossil mammoth ivory.  I remain one of the few scrimshanders in the US. 

Looking for a balance in my art I went from the tight, small etching to a larger scale of painting murals.  I want to bring the “spirit of nature” indoors to homes and businesses.

Today, my balance centers on family, especially with the arrival of grandchildren, my horses and my art.  I enjoy riding my horses in this beautiful country with my camera and sketch pad.  Each summer I plan a few horse trips with my canvas and paint.  Now that is balance, or at least the striving for balance.

I’ve been involved in Empty Bowls from the first year they brought on outside artists.  This is one of the ways I can give back to the community I love.