Erika is from New Zealand. Her medium of choice and main focus is oil painting although she also works in other mediums including acrylic, mixed media, polymer sculpture and collage.
The creative drive inspiration for her work lies in everyday life and recurring dreams. "I paint what I am, I paint my dreams, everyday life, my family, my hopes and my history - I paint from the heart, that which is ingrained in my being."
Over time images of the human figure, faces and elongated creatures have found themselves a permanent place in many of the paintings as metaphors - boats and birds have become symbols for journeys, fruit has become a symbol for food for the soul, flowers a symbol for love.
Techniques include alla primo, impasto and sgraffito, also layering and glazing - these are often combined but regularly employed according to what the specific work may demand in a heuristic way - sometimes the work is allowed to take off in a different direction, abandoning detail of the initial design and early planning and thereby achieving a freshness that lingers.
Most of her work is held in private collections in Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden.