ericka wolf

As an artist, I’m inspired by color field painters like Mark Rothko, Jules Okitski, Leon Berkowitz, and Helen Frankenthaler as well as photographers like Eric Cahan, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Debra Bloomfield. Combined with my study of color in the landscape of the natural world, I try to capture an expression that’s transient and intentionally uncomplicated. Something reductive but reflective, using color as luminous expression rather than illustration.

Lately, I’m creating skies with a serenity that I’ve seen and felt before, and that I try to imagine during bleak winter months in Seattle. When the state of the world itself seems bleak, I find a quiet slowness by contemplating the sky and the broad juxtaposing of color that can exist in myriad ways. It’s a calming opposite to our overstimulated culture: chaotic events and unrelenting social media. For me, the sky seems like the perfect metaphor for life-expansiveness, even though at times dark or dangerous, ultimately beautiful in all of its vibrancy and impermanence.  

Thank you for viewing my work. If you are interested in purchasing a piece please contact me for collaboration, payment and delivery. Studio visits and commissions of any size are welcomed, as is international shipping.