CONTENT WRITTEN BY LIANNE MINNIS
This winter, Beverley Street Studio School is excited to welcome a new instructor! James Dean Erickson, an artist whose paintings explore the space between realism and abstraction to elicit the ephemeral and enduring qualities of nature, will lead the Painting Traditional Subjects with Modern Material workshop and Simplicity and Synthesis lecture in February.
Erickson, a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, started his career in 2011 by teaching at The Heights School in Maryland. As he took on the role of art instructor and director, he expanded his portfolio and exhibited his work independently. Once his studio became filled with work, he sought more opportunities with galleries. After moving to Virginia, Erickson started to show his work in North Carolina and teach art at Woodbury Forest School.
Erickson lives in Culpeper with his family, including his four children, Finley (6), Joseph (4), Julia Rose (3), and Benjamin (11 months). His work has always revolved around his family life. Commenting on how he balances his work and family life, he says, “There are days that I would really like to have a long studio session but end up squeezing in a 15-minute sketchbook drawing between chores and nap time. Although the daily schedule is constantly changing, I try my best to adapt and create something every day.”
The Painting Traditional Subjects with Modern Material workshop will be held Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register, please follow this link. The Simplicity and Synthesis lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday, February 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, please follow this link. We hope to see you at one of these events!
To learn more about James Dean Erickson, visit his website: http://jamesdeanerickson.com/home.html