Paris-born, Portland-based artist Aimee Erickson is an oil painter in the realist tradition. Trained as an illustrator, she has a BFA in Visual Communication Design and has also studied with Sherrie McGraw, Burton Silverman, and Joseph Paquet.
Aimee is the first woman artist to paint an Oregon gubernatorial portrait, that of Barbara Roberts in 1997. Aimee is the 2015-16 Artist-in-Residence at the University Club of Portland.
She teaches workshops on plein-air and studio painting at several venues as well as in her Hillsdale studio.
During this summer I spent more time than ever painting outdoors on location.
I find that certain conditions have more appeal for me than others: early morning; dusk; mutable subjects like water; backlighting (although it means looking into the sun, which can be taxing on the eyes); and the single well-lit object, which has long held my interest.
It has occurred to me that the clearer my idea, and the more simply I can state it, the more appealing I find the resulting painting.