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Shari Erickson

Shari Erickson paints the landscape and nature of her beloved rainy, misty, mossy Pacific Northwest, primarily in acrylic and watercolor, both studio and en plein air. She lives in rural Oregon in the western Cascade foothills surrounded by forests and fields and lots of wildlife. Her inspiration is the Creation itself and her motivation is to share her God-given artistic gift with others in a way... that is, hopefully, pleasing to our Lord. Her clients include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, The National Wildlife Federation, and The Audubon Society.

"I love birds. I just do. And moss. And water with it's endless possibilities. I also love the challenge of capturing the light and texture of our natural world in paint. I like my paintings to be first about the object they are depicting, and second, about the paint itself. I just adore that cadmium orange and cerulean blue combine to make the perfect warm gray for a mourning dove's feathers. I am very intrigued by the abstract qualities underlying the textures of real life, endless layers of interest.Though I have been inspired to paint subjects from all corners of the Earth, my greatest influence has always been the beautiful Pacific Northwest. It is my heart's desire that my art might encourage a closer look at the source of my inspiration - our incredible universe - which has been given to us to nurture and protect and sustain us as we enjoy our place within it."


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Arabian Horse Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: There is something magical about the sculptural beauty of a white Arabian horse, like painting a living unicorn!

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Arabian Horse

Acrylic - 4 x 4

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Birches Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: This little grove of birches caught my eye on a misty autumn afternoon. The yellow in the leaves glowed like sunshine on a cloudy day. It was satisfying to layer lots of juicy paint to build up the leaves. There are subtle tones in the yellow, cool lemon, warm golden - almost impossible to show in a photograph of the art, which means this painting is best seen in person!

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Birches

Acrylic - 6 x 6

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Black-Headed Grosbeak Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: Black Headed Grosbeaks are very flashy as they fly through the forest canopy with their boldly patterned wings. They have a delightfully slurry song, said to be like a happy drunken robin! This tiny painting is 2.5 x 3.5 inches, painted on an archival hardboard panel and varnished. It is floated on a black background in a modern black frame, no glass.

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Black-Headed Grosbeak

Watercolor - 2.5 x 3.5

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Brant Goose Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: Brants are a species of saltwater habitats, migrating up the coastline to the Arctic tundra to breed and back down to shelter the winter in bays and estuaries, feeding on their favorite eel grass. I've painted this one in a regal pose at sunset.

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Brant Goose

Acrylic - 7 x 10

$700 + Free Shipping
Cascadia Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: This acrylic painting is a place in my imagination, a result of my emotional attachment to spectacular Pacific Northwest rainy mossy forested streams. Varied thrushes symbolize this place in my heart. I've used a recurring theme of `V' shapes to construct my landscape, to give it a framework of sorts, and a certain flow for the eye to wander around in. There are many many similar, but real places like this one that was born in my daydreams.

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Cascadia

Acrylic - 12 x 16

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Cinnamon Teal Hen Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: In most ducks, the drakes are very flashy. I think the hens just as beautiful in a soft understated way. I tried to capture that essence in this acrylic painting.

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Cinnamon Teal Hen

Acrylic - 2.5 x 3.5

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Crystal Cantata Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: Scenes like this are a common sight in the Pacific Northwest. For this acrylic painting, I wanted to focus in on the dappled sunlight and all the many textures, and the way the water has carved a little hollow out of the bank, making a kind of natural amphitheater that intensifies the trickling sound of the water and the music of birds signing.

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Crystal Cantata

Acrylic - 18 x 24

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Fairyland Forest Summer Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: This is my special forest where I live. I painted this plein air on a nice summer afternoon.

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Fairyland Forest Summer

Acrylic - 2.5 x 3.5

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Family of Four Enjoying the View Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: This little painting depicts Mt Hood from Hood River Meadows in Oregon. What an interesting day of painting we had! Most of my painting companions decided to set up their easels on the roadside while two of us ventured into the scrubby sub-alpine woodlands bordering the meadow and parked ourselves amongst the huckleberry, which is everywhere.

Twice I let out a yelp which echoed across the meadow. The first when I upended my paint box right into the shrubbery and again when a sleek little chipmunk suddenly plopped into my lap! It can be startling to have critters seemingly drop out of nowhere onto one's person, I can tell you that! Later that afternoon my painting companion ditched me and left me out in the woods to join the others out on the road to do her second painting of the day. So there I sat, trying to capture this vast scene, enjoying the beauty all around and thinking how perfect a day, including an impromptu a cappella concert by my painter friends on the road. I am glad that my friend joined the others because I'm pretty sure she got the singing started and her voice is a real treat to hear. My favorite was "Edelweiss".

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Family of Four Enjoying the View

Acrylic - 4 x 4

$250 + Free Shipping
Gadwall Drake Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: With their intricate fine line patterned feathers, Gadwalls have a reputation amongst waterfowl artists for being hard to paint. I found that to be true! This painting is a study in neutrals, and the effects of light on feathers and water.

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Gadwall Drake

Acrylic - 7 x 10

$700 + Free Shipping
Goldfinch Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: Goldfinches are pure sunshine in bird form! They always brighten your day with their 'cheer-cheerie' song as they pass by in their undulating flight. A favorite of bird feeding enthusiasts too! This tiny painting is 2.5 x 3.5 inches, painted on an archival hardboard panel and varnished. It is floated on a black background in a modern black frame, no glass.

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Goldfinch

Watercolor - 2.5 x 3.5

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Johnsrud Viewpoint Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: This was painted at dawn. I met with some artist friends in the chilly early hours. We enjoyed coffee and companionship while we painted this beautiful scene. This viewpoint is in Sandy, Oregon.

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Johnsrud Viewpoint

Acrylic - 5 x 7

$450 + Free Shipping
Mt. Hood Meadow Path Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: The bugs on this day almost drove me insane! It's hard to concentrate when biting gnats are attacking you from every angle. The spectacular mountain and flowery meadow kept me there just long enough to capture it in paint.

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Mt. Hood Meadow Path

Acrylic - 7 x 5

$450 + Free Shipping
Owyhee Chukars Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: High desert country rocky places is where you'll see Chukars. Getting close to them is not easy! They prefer the most rugged places which are challenging to reach with paint supplies! They were introduced to North America from Asia.

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Owyhee Chukars

Acrylic - 13 x 18

$2,500 + Free Shipping
Percheron Horse Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: The Percheron is a majestic breed of draft horse from France. They are usually grey or black. They are very fancy and prancy but the gentlest of giants.

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Percheron Horse

Acrylic - 4 x 4

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Przewalski's Horse Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: The Przewalski's Horse is an endangered species recently reintroduced into the wild after a captive breeding program was set up to save it from extinction. Also known as the Asiatic Wild Horse, this species is the only remaining true wild horse, never having been domesticated. The several hundred in the wild today are living in a nature preserve in Mongolia. It is sad when one of God's creations is gone, and wonderful when one such on the edge of extinction can be saved and appreciated.

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Przewalski's Horse

Acrylic - 4 x 4

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Rise Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: Great Egrets are hard to miss, with their elegant white feathers, like ghosts dancing in their grassy wetland haunts. This painting is a mix of a technique called monoprinting. I painted part of the background onto a printing plate and then printed that onto my board. The Egret is painted in detail, with a brush, the slow, classical way. There are metallic paints incorporated, which change with the light and angle of view. I named this little painting 'Rise' which can have literal and allegorical meaning.

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Rise

Acrylic - 6 x 6

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Sage Grouse in Snow Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: Sage Grouse live in the arid regions of the west and are completely dependent on Sage for their food and shelter. The males have a very interesting and distinctive mating dance they do to attract females, fanning out their tails much like a turkey and inflating their neck sacs with air to make a weird popping noise.

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Sage Grouse in Snow

Acrylic - 13 x 18

$2,500 + Free Shipping
Scaup Pair Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: Scaup are diving ducks, swift swimmers, and agile fliers, but they require a long takeoff by running across the water surface. I especially like their light eyes, which give them a perpetually startled expression.

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Scaup Pair

Acrylic - 7 x 10

$700 + Free Shipping
Scrub Jay Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: Scrub Jays are fun to watch as they chase each other through the edges of woodlands. The brightness of their plumage is startling in the sunlight. This tiny painting is 2.5 x 3.5 inches, painted on an archival hardboard panel and varnished. It is floated on a black background in a modern black frame, no glass.

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Scrub Jay

Watercolor - 2.5 x 3.5

$150 + Free Shipping
Shady Creek Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: This is a little plein air acrylic painting. I was attracted to the sunlit vine maple leaves contrasting against the shady background.

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Shady Creek

Acrylic - 3.5 x 2.5

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Silver Gray Squirrel Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: It seems to me that people either love or hate squirrels! I love them! They are clever and so beautiful. I've painted this one surveying his realm, from a stately old oak with mossy branches. This species is dependent upon oak groves for their food and shelter.

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Silver Gray Squirrel

Acrylic - 8 x 13

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Silver Sea Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: Sun peeking through clouds, gilding the waves with blinding reflected light, so dramatic and so beautiful! I had to capture them in this acrylic painting.

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Silver Sea

Acrylic - 2.5 x 3.5

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Stellar's Jay Fine Art by artist Shari Erickson - Description: Steller's Jays are denizens of western North American evergreen forests. They are very expressive, raising and lowering their fancy crests and telling everyone around what they think with their noisy calls! This tiny painting is 2.5 x 3.5 inches, painted on an archival hardboard panel and varnished. It is floated on a black background in a modern black frame, no glass.

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Stellar's Jay

Watercolor - 2.5 x 3.5

$150 + Free Shipping