Joined SDP: 1998
Teaching Background: Private lessons and various SDP events, including the 2013 SDP Conference & Expo
Erika Joanne is the next teacher in our “Meet the Teachers” series. Erika got the itch to paint during her college years. She enrolled in some art classes, but felt frustrated when she wasn’t able to translate her creativity to the canvas. After getting married and starting a family, she decided it was time for her to take her painting to the next level. She was invited to join a group to tole paint and the rest is history.
What do you love most about painting?
Painting is a great way to bring healing into your life and provide a healthy escape from the day-to-day stresses life can bring. I love how I can turn to my painting table, put on some beautiful music and paint myself happy! It has enhanced and blessed my life. Also, I love to put on my artistic explorer hat to discover new techniques and the works of all the wonderful artists amongst us and from the past. I find the more I delve into painting, the more there is to learn.
What do you love most about teaching?
It’s a privilege to teach and share in the creative experience with others. When a class goes well and people feel the creative spark, there’s magic in that! Time seems to stop and stresses melt away. That’s what keeps me teaching and sharing. Also, I enjoy seeing people go beyond their expectations, grow their skills and build their artful experience; that brings meaning and purpose to my work.
What value would you place on attending classes offered at live conferences such as the SDP Conference?
Having so many talented artists gathered in one place is extraordinary and a treat for all involved. It’s like a magnet for creative energy! You can feel it while you’re there. Not only is it fun to meet up with friends and take classes, it’s very cost effective to have the opportunity to take classes from top artists in one place. It’s a week of super learning!
What are the top takeaways that students will learn by taking your class?
Sharing innovative ways to paint and create is at the heart of my business. I’m excited to teach students how to use colored pencils to enhance a painted design. We will cover the basics of using both wax-based Prismacolor Colored Pencils and Jo Sonja Paint together in a mixed-media form. My class provides a unique and creative experience in painting on both wood and watercolor paper. You don’t want to miss it. It’s going to be fun!
When you’re not painting or teaching, what can we find you doing?
I enjoy spending my free time with my family. My children are grown and live in different states. My granddarlins are my bright spots. It’s so great when we can be together! Also, I enjoy going on adventures and experiencing new places. Learning about history and the world keeps me inspired and thinking.
Coming up next week on “Meet the Teachers”…meet Tricia Joiner:
Tricia has been a member of SDP since 1976! She has every issue of the Decorative Painter, SDP’s magazine, since the year she joined!