Eye on Artists

Special to the Post Independent"Castle Glow" by Chris Erickson

Artist statement: The intent of my paintings are to provide a unique perspective on the western landscape. I strive to provide an interpretation of the subject ” not a documentation.

Artist background: I auditioned for “The Shining” when I was seven, didn’t get the part so I decided to be an artist (true story)

Artist education: B.A., Fort Lewis College, A.A. Platt College

Shows and gallery exhibitions:

– Aspen Valley Land Trust Group Show Glenwood Springs, 2005

– Wulfsohn Ranch Show Glenwood Springs, 2005

– Providence Gallery Denver, 2004

– Fall Arts Festival Glenwood Springs, 2004

– Fall Arts Festival, 2003

– “Watercourse,” 2003

– “Paris on the Platt,” 2003

Family Information: I am a Colorado native growing up on the Front Range and have lived throughout the state.

How did you get started as an artist? I started drawing regularly at the age of 5 and began oil painting in college. I feel like there are so many things to paint, so many ways to paint them.

What do you do in your free time? Draw, paint, hike, bike, snowboard, travel and ride motorcycles.

What’s your favorite medium? Oil

Who’s your favorite artist? Joe Sorren

What or who is your biggest influence? My family and girlfriend, Kristin.

The Post Independent is asking accomplished artists to participate in “Eye on Artists” by providing clear, descriptive and fun explanations about what makes them tick as artists, including experiences in their field, hobbies and inspirations. Return completed forms to April Clark, at:, 945-4487, or 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

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