erica m. szuplat is an artist with a studio on Cape Cod. From 2013 – 2016, she maintained a studio space open to the public at Cataumet Arts Center.
She studied Fine Art at The Art Institute of Boston and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Art from Lesley University.
Whatever her subject, erica is interested in capturing a sensibility that is authentic to her own experience. Rather than subscribe to a particular method of painting based on a preconceived and singular theory of art, her work is the result of attempts to discover her beliefs about the world through the act of painting. Her paintings are an expression of the moments or feelings at hand.
She is committed to painting in oil in the studio and on site, believing the richness and depth of color of the medium is unparalleled. Her energetic, painterly style is an expression of the variety of colors she perceives and her innate love of brushwork and the texture of paint.
The starting point of her images are typically items she possesses but the use of these items aims wider than their material aspect and, like her color palette, while meaningful, is not directly symbolic.
erica continues her lifelong love of drawing by sketching daily life and overseas travel in pen & ink and watercolor. She occasionally organizes public Sketchcrawls (informal sketch meetups).
Commercially, she has sold a collection of humorous illustrations as fine art prints and designed logos, custom cartoon digital illustrations, illustrations for print and online advertisement, handpainted signage and has been commissioned to design mosaic murals.
erica is an active member of her local art community, as a volunteer for civic arts organizations and non-profits, a member of professional associations, occasionally offering art instruction, and sometimes writing on the arts and creating public art projects.
*photo by ben allsup