Erica has been influenced by both her mother, Mary Darby of Wells, Maine and her father Ronald Julius Christensen. You can see his work at: http://ronaldjuliuschristensen.com/
Erica Christensen grew up in Moody Beach, ME, on a strip of land with a long sand beach on one side and a salt water river and marsh on the other side. As an adult, she has lived in Turner, ME, with its rolling hills, vast and varied woods and apple orchards. Such beautiful surroundings, combined with the influence of a family peppered with artists both amateur and professional, has motivated Erica to paint. Watercolor landscapes and seascapes are most often her subject choice, with flowers another favorite subject.
After retiring from a career in therapeutic massage, where the sense of touch is primary, she finds the change of now having to really use her sense of sight, her powers of observation, to be an interesting challenge.. She takes the time to stand in a place for long enough to closely observe the details and feel the connection to her surroundings. Her goal is to convey a sense of place, a reflection of the environment, a feeling evoked from seeing through her eyes.
The challenge of combining the imaginative, creative part of painting with the hands-on process and techniques is a balancing act. Using watercolor means that some of the results are intended while others are accidental. Erica says, "Both intuition and knowledge play a part in the joy of making a watercolor painting."