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Artist Erika Perloff


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Biography


 
Erika Perloff is a landscape painter working in the plein air tradition. Born in California, Erika grew up immersed in the rich landscapes of the San Francisco Bay Area: fog shrouded city skylines, crashing surf on jagged headlands, rolling golden hills and the serene sillouette of Mount Tamalpais above the bay. Surrounded by the art of  Bay Area artists such as Leah Schwartz, Judy Klausenstock and Maggie Hazel Rosen, she was  inspired to pick up a brush at an early age, and has been painting ever since.
 
Erika's education, career and life experiences have kept her almost continuously out of doors, where she has focused her attention and sketchbook on the California landscape. Her background in biology and natural history and work as outdoor educator, park ranger, naturalist, garden educator and classroom teacher have given her a unique perspective as a plein air painter. She approaches the flora, fauna, climate, geology and overall environment with a scientific understanding of the landscape, and yet uses her artistic sensibilities to adjust and interpret the landscape, emphasizing what drew her to the scene.  Her love for hiking and backpacking allows her to paint in out of the way places.
 
Erika has studied painting in intensive workshops with Tobin Keller, Kim Lordier, Colleen Howe, Terri Ford, Bill Cone and Marcia Burtt. 
She works in pastel, acrylic, gouache and oil. Her work hangs in many private collections and public spaces and her award winning paintings are shown in group and solo shows. When she's not out painting, Erika teaches art classes and workshops to adults and children. Studio visits may be arranged by appointment at Erika's Santa Cruz studio.
Please contact Erika through the "Contact the Artist" link above.
 
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