“Color has emotional weight and is related to the shape of space. Drawing or painting, for me, means to look at the thing and transmit its vitality to the canvas.”
Aimee Erickson (b. 1967, Paris) is an oil painter living in Portland, Oregon. She was trained as an illustrator and has developed a warm, inviting pictorial voice grounded in traditional realism, informed by the principles of design, and inspired by nature and human experience. She holds a BFA in Visual Communication Design, and has also studied with a number of prominent painters including Sherrie McGraw, David Leffel, Burton Silverman, Joseph Paquet, William Park, Stephen Hayes, and Ray Roberts. Aimee is the first woman artist to paint an Oregon gubernatorial portrait, that of Barbara Roberts in 1997. The portrait hangs in the Oregon State House, upstairs on the legislature side. Aimee teaches studio and plein-air painting, drawing, and color theory locally and at venues nationwide. She has a particular interest in what enables or inhibits our progress as artists. How do we learn to see what we cannot yet see? How do our beliefs influence our ability to perceive? What is the role of knowledge in the realm of choice? How do we “tune in” to our artistic perception? Aimee’s work has been awarded top prizes in many national competitions, including Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, the Portrait Society of America, and multiple notable plein air competitions.
AWARDS & SHOWS
2019 Plein Air Easton: Grand Prize, Artists' Choice, Paint Oxford Artists' Choice 2019 China’s Crown Jewel: Recent Paintings of Guangzhou Province by American Artists. Group show at American Legacy Fine Arts, opens June 21 2019 En Train Air Inaugural Exhibition, McLarry Fine Art 2019 Solo exhibition at Meyer Gallery (opens August 31) 2019 "Inside Voices" at Meyer Vogl Gallery 2019 Maui Plein Air 2019 Sonoma Plein Air 2019 Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational 2019 Catalina: the Wild Side. Exhibition opens October 20 2019 Demo at PACE (Plein Air Convention and Expo) 2019 Oil Painters of America National Juried Show 2019 California Art Club Gold Medal Show 2019 Virtuosos of the OPA
2018 Best Use of Color, Olmsted Plein Air Invitational 2018 American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase 2018 "Nocturnes" solo showcase, Meyer Vogl Gallery 2018 Oil Painters of America Salon Show 2018 Easton Plein Air 2018 Paint Grand Traverse 2018 Sonoma Plein Air 2018 Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2018 Laguna Plein Air Invitational 2017 Best in Show, Laguna Plein Air Invitational 2017 International Plein Air, Kostroma, Russia 2017 Best of Show and Museum Purchase Award, Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2017 Best of Show and Clyde Aspevig Judge's Choice Awards, Olmsted Plein Air 2017 Door County Plein Air 2017 "Six by Nine Sale," Portrait Society of America invitational show 2017 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition 2017 Oil Painters of America Paint-out/paint-in, 4th place 2016 Second Place & Best Water, Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2016 Best of Show, Just Plein Fun, Balboa Island, California 2016 End-of-Residency Solo Exhibition, University Club of Portland 2016 Still Life Honorable Mention, OPA National Exhibition, Dallas TX 2016 5th Place, OPA's Best Little Paint-out in Texas 2016 University Club of Portland Artist-in-Residence Alumni Showcase 2016 Mid-Residency Solo Show, University Club of Portland 2016 "All Along the Sierra" Juried Show at Epperson Gallery 2016 "Less is More" LPAPA at Forest & Ocean Gallery 2015 "Inspired by Sorolla" LPAPA at Forest & Ocean Gallery 2015 "LPAPA After Dark," Forest & Ocean Gallery 2015 "Recent Paintings" solo show at Brian Marki Fine Art 2015 "Instructors' Show" Multnomah Arts Center 2015 Strada Award, Laguna Beach Plein Air 2015 OPA National Exhibition, Cutter & Cutter Fine Art, St. Augustine FL 2015 Sonoma Plein Air 2015 Mendocino Open Paint Out, Celebrity Guest Artist 2015 Door County Plein Air 2015 OPA Western Regional Exhibition 2015 "Where in the World is Plein Air" online national paint-out 2015 "Six by Nine Sale," Portrait Society of America invitational show 2015 "Everyday Taste of Plein Air" invitational show, Giustina Gallery at OSU 2015 Best QuickDraw and Honorable Mention, Carmel Art Festival 2015 "Aimee Erickson and Wayne McKenzie" at Nancy Dodds Gallery 2015 Honorable Mention, Kern County Plein Air 2014 Award of Excellence for Portraiture, Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition 2014 Award of Exceptional Merit, Portrait Society of America International Art of the Portrait Competition 2014 Gold Medal, First Annual International Juried Artists Guild Exhibition 2014 Best of Show, American Women Artists National Juried Exhibition 2014 Artists' Choice/Best of Show, Sonoma Plein Air 2014 First Place, Carmel Art Festival 2014 Salmagundi Masters Exhibition, New York, NY 2014 First Place, Emerging Plein Air Artists Spring 2014 Contest 2014 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition 2014 Second Place, Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2013 Audubon Artists annual show. Gamblin Artists Color Materials Award 2013 Best Two-Dimensional Work, American Women Artists National Exhibition 2013 IN STILLNESS/IN MOTION solo show 2013 Sonoma Plein Air 2013 First Place, Pacific Northwest Plein Air (Becky Joy, Juror) 2013 First Place, Cityscape, First Annual Eugene Paint-out (Eric Jacobsen, juror) 2013 First Place, Honorable Mention, and People's Choice Award, Carmel Art Festival (Calvin Liang, juror) 2012 Best Western award, Pacific Northwest Plein Air (Randall Sexton, juror) 2012, 2014 Portland Art Museum Invitational Plein Air Paint Out 2012 Solo Show, Shaffer Fine Arts Gallery 2006-2014 Instructors' Show, Multnomah Arts Center 2010 Group Show, Walters Cultural Arts Center 2009 Second Place, Broderick Gallery's show "Unexpected Beauty: Street Views" 2001, 2002. 2003, 2004 Audubon Artists Annual Exhibitions, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY