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April 2014

Helena Fox Fine Art in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Mary Erickson

Helena Fox Fine Art in Charleston, SC, will present Mary Erickson and Her Feathered Friends: New Works, on view from Apr. 4 - 26, 2014. A reception will be held on Apr. 4, from 5-8pm.

Erickson’s first solo exhibit at Helena Fox Fine Art explores her fascination and beautiful depictions of the birds she often observes and studies in their natural habitat. “I record what I see, and am passionate about the scenes I can immortalize on canvas. That is my work’s importance,” the artist reveals. The exhibit will present 15 new paintings.

Leading up to the exhibition, Erickson will be in Charleston and surrounding areas painting in Plein-Air, a preferred method working on location in the tradition of painters since the French Impressionists.

Erickson has been painting ever since she can remember, growing up in Connecticut, and sold her first artwork to Gulf + Western Industries in Stamford, CT, at age 13. It wasn’t until 1993 that she realized her long held dream to pursue art as a career and began painting professionally.

Erickson’s day begins before sunrise, and ends after the last sunset painting. Since 1998, she has divided her time between Marshville, NC, and Venice, FL.

Erickson shares the following about her influence, “The love of the outdoors has always been a part of my life. I remember as a child fishing with my Mom on opening day in the spring in Connecticut, the river gliding by and the sounds of red-winged blackbirds. As I get older, I appreciate more than ever the beauty that surrounds us.” Traveling is also a large part of her influence and is essential to the artist.

Erickson is a founding member of SPAA (Southern Plein Air Artists) and a member of The Group of Eight, and the Florida Four, all Southern-based alliances that are intent on recording the scenery of the rapidly vanishing natural southern landscape. She is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Painters (ASMA). Memberships also include the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society.

Helena Fox Fine Art, located in Historic Charleston, specializes in fine American representational art. Established in 2004, the gallery is a compilation of national and international artists.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/723-0073 or visit (www.helenafoxfineart.com).

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