January First Friday

Erika Perloff is a landscape painter working in the plein air tradition. Born in California, Erika grew up immersed in the rich landscapes of the San Francisco Bay Area. Surrounded by the art of Bay Area artists such as Leah Schwartz, Judy Klausenstock and Maggie Hazel Rosen, she was inspired to pick up a brush at an early age, and has been painting ever since.


Erika's education, career and life experiences–including 30 years spent living in state and national parks— have kept her almost continuously out of doors, where she has focused her attention and sketchbook on the California landscape. Her background in biology and natural history and work as outdoor educator, park ranger, naturalist, and classroom teacher have given her a unique perspective as a plein air painter. She approaches the flora, fauna, climate, geology and overall environment with a naturalist’s understanding of the landscape, while using her artistic sensibilities to adjust and interpret elements, emphasizing what drew her to the scene. Her love for hiking and backpacking allows her to paint in out of the way places.

Erika has studied painting with master painters including Kim Lordier, Colleen Howe, Randall Sexton, Terri Ford, Bill Cone, Lorenzo Chavez and Marcia Burtt. 

Primarily a pastel artist, Erika also works in acrylic, watercolor, gouache and oil. Her work is widely collected and her award winning paintings are shown in both group and solo shows. She has received numerous commissions and has completed artist residencies in schools and national parks.

Studio visits may be arranged by appointment at Erika's Santa Cruz studio.




Facebook: Erika Perloff Artworks

Instagram: ErikaPerloff_Art


First Friday Artist Reception 

Erika Perloff at Stripe

Friday, January 3rd, 2020



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