MEET ERIKA VADEN
Erika Vaden with Rain 48 X 72, at Palette Home, Richmond VA
Eternal 48 X 60
I was born in Rockford Illinois. I lived there during the school year but spent my summers in California and Arizona. I was an interior design major at Colorado State University for three years before moving with my family to Hilton Head Island. I graduated from College of Charleston in 1992 and began a career as a decorative artist. I painted all over the east coast before settling in Richmond in 2001 where I now live with my Husband and Daughter.
As early as I can remember, I was drawn to anything creative and had my art pieces entered in various art shows growing up which made me somewhat competitive. Once I finished school, I set out to prove that I could make it as an artist and started painting as a career specializing in classical techniques such as Trompe l’ oeil, ornamental, and various faux finishes. My greatest inspiration was the English painter Graham Rust.
I have always had a dream though of being an abstract canvas artist. I could see myself doing it. I read once that it is almost impossible to become an abstract painter without first mastering the skills required of a realist painter. Once I felt accomplished, I began my shift. This was not easy for me.
Having relied for years on recognizable form to tell my story in art, I was now working solely with color. I had to figure out how bring it to life on canvas. I would finish a painting and my husband would ask, “What is it?” Therein lies the question. It is just appreciation of how simple color placement can move a person. How creating texture and movement on a canvas can make someone stop and stare. It speaks to the soul and to that which is within us. This is what I love most.
Apart from painting, I enjoy interior design, running, great restaurants, peace and quiet, and my home at Smith Mountain Lake.
Here After 20 X 70
The Blue 23 X 29