Erinn Larsen, San Francisco Bay Area Member Since December 2009 Artist Statement For as long as I can remember, I have been creative. My family likes to remind me of the numerous times I was caught red-handed: at the age of two, coloring in the flowers on my grandmother's new wallpaper with bright red lipstick, and again at the age of four, painting my bedroom walls and furniture with vaseline. Not my best work, I can assure you - but even then I had a desire to make something. I was actively involved in the arts in high school, taking every class I could, and lucky that my public school system offered things like art history, drawing, and sculpture. I had no other objective than to attend art school and keep doing what I loved most.
My parents encouraged this, without the hesitation or lectures that many of my fellow students received. I enrolled at Pratt Institute, and almost immediately was torn between illustration, which fueled my need to create beautiful drawings, and the ever-evolving and highly intriguing world of graphic design. My professors were supportive and encouraging on both fronts, making my decision so much harder. Not unexpectedly, I graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in illustration, and joined the work force two days later as a graphic designer.
Through the years, that balance has remained, though I have slowly shifted my focus back towards illustration and fine art. I have continued to paint and draw, taking classes where I can and finding inspiration through travel, friends and family, my dogs and my own backyard. My work is influenced by Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Honoré Daumier, and N.C. Wyeth.
I choose subjects that I love and enjoy, and whenever possible I try to capture a fleeting moment or a feeling - my illustration background has taught me that every subject has a story to tell, and I try to bring this story subtly into my work in various ways.
I hope that my work intrigues you and reminds you of a place you have been, a moment in time, a friend not forgotten, or a story you love.