May 12 - 13 , Site: 194
89 Pioneer Way
Mountain View, CA 94041
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.