Erica Putis grew up in a small town in Vermont where the grass was green and the winters cold. During this time, she wandered for hours around her family’s 20 acres, continuously in awe of nature and her surroundings. Creating was always something that happened and never stopped even when she grew up.
She created clothes for her Barbies and sold jewelry to her fellow fourth graders. She won drawing contests and illustrated peers’ stories. In high school, Erica refined her craft and ventured into wood sculpture, painting, realist drawings and intricate beading work. It was at 18 she sold her first art piece to her high school, which was the first in their private collection. She contemplated going to college for art but decided to venture into music and theater. It wasn’t until almost 15 years later, when she moved to San Diego, CA, that she decided to pick up her paint brush again.
This time the perfectionist in her was better balanced. Erica’s love of detail can still be seen in her work but there is a touch of carefree that keeps her captivated. Erica’s work is inspired by her love of nature, science and beauty. She tries to find the balance between the terrifying beauty of mother nature and the fascinating anomalies of the science world. These subjects have always motivated her creativity and given her a sense of awe while living on this little place we call Earth.