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Artist Statement

I am a painter working in acrylic, oil and watercolours. For years I would typically use brushes to apply the medium. These days my acrylics are more liquid and applied with tubes and moved about with large scrapers. The details are done with finer pallet knives and my fingers. My inspiration comes from, to a high degree from the extraordinary setting that I live in and the magical places I visit. I actually paint the paintings in my mind many times in advance. When I get the approach the piece needs I paint very quickly as if I’m streaming/channeling the ideas. There are no corrections there's just more painting and within hours I am usually close to completion. I will sign the piece so I won’t work on it anymore, then over night, or over the next day I will come back and make minor adjustments. In this way the pieces are fresh and expressive!I don't work to trends, I don't follow other artists so much. The world and life of an artist is journeying into the self alone. This taken to an extreme can make one antisocial but when in balance it works as a connection to the people outside because of its truthfulness.  I feel fortunate that most mornings I simply walk out of my home only a few hundred feet, and enter my studio located in the renovated barn. I crank on the classical music and plunge into a new piece.  

Born 1953 Sexsmith, Alberta


2016 Splash of Red Caetani House

2015 Neil Erickson Gallery – Studio ‘E’

2015 Splash of Red Caetani House

2014 Splash of Red Caetani House

2014 Lake Country Artwalk

2012 Splash of Red Caetani House

2011 Splash of Red Caetani House

2008 November Pottery Road Art Studio

1997 September Marshall Clark Gallery Delta

1997 May Java Man Delta

1994 May Waterline Studio Delta

1993 May Waterline Studio Delta

1991 August Queen Elizabeth Theatre Art Gallery Vancouver

1990 June Waterline Studio Delta

1989 November Waterline Studio Delta

1988 September Surrey Art Gallery Surrey

1988 August LaRaffinage Vancouver

1986 November Waterline Studio Delta

1983 March Paperworks Gallery Vancouver

1982 October Toni's Gallery White Rock

1981 March Barroco Gallery Vancouver

1980 October Robson Square Media Centre Vancouver Sell Out


1972 UBC Fine Arts Program - Instructor; Tony Onley

1973 Vancouver School of Art now known as Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Awards & Nominations:

Commissions: Mayor’s Office Delta BC

1997 BC Children's Hospital sold 45,000 of Erickson's donated image for their holiday greeting card fund raiser. Neil's "Jumping for Joy" card raised $45,000

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