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.
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 Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational
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