About Erika Erika James is a mixed-media painter working primarily with the encaustic medium. Erika grew up in Portland Oregon and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, the landscape that shaped her experience was one of dramatic vistas, fog, rain and a stunning array of geological forms. Erika’s current work draws from her experiences taking in the natural world – evocative shapes, a striated canyon, a contoured mountain or a jagged, rock-lined coast.
Artist Statement Erika’s approach to painting takes remembered form and texture as a starting point to inform the color and spatial relationships of the painting. The painting then takes on a life of it’s own – a dance between form and feeling. Erika has participated in numerous solo exhibits in Portland, Oregon as well as many group shows. This is her first time exhibiting in Montana. Let’s welcome her in our big Montana way.