Artist Statement Richard Erickson 12.19.17
My most recent acrylic paintings are animals in their habitat or fantasy art to create my own worlds. Last year showing in Down art gallery.
I have a BA in Art from San Jose State University over 40 years ago, I have worked in furniture stores much of that time. I learned about found object art or recycled art and started using scrap from work and the saw at school. After graduating, I became a high school art teacher. Afterwards back to used furniture repairing, reupholstering and using faux techniques with paint and wood stains. Next, I apprenticed in interior design, space planning productive offices while coordinating colors. I also at this time was painting joining local art clubs. While learning airbrush, I helped do the mural at the Cal Train tunnel in Palo Alto of an underwater scene.
Currently, beyond just repairing furniture I also re design old furniture to fit today’s ergonomic needs. Older furniture is better quality and able to saw, cut down, and reassemble. With a warehouse full of the history of furniture we help creative people come in and design and modify their own unique pieces even art studios. From there I use spare pieces to make miniature wood carvings or as part of the frames of my painting’s 3D images.