Erin Elizabeth Ross lives and works in Edmonton- her work has been represented in commercial galleries since 2008, and sits in multiple private and public collections. Along with her commercial representation, Erin has had work in shows at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Latitude 53 contemporary Art Gallery, Harcourt house, the Art Gallery of St. Albert, and recently a public art piece for the city of Edmonton. It's Erins first time vending at a Bison and we cannot wait to have her with us! You can keep up with the latest Erin is coming up with on instagram (@erinelizabethrosspainting) and read on down below to see what makes Erin tick:
RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
ERIN: I’ve always (and I mean always) been drawn to making things. Drawing, paintings, little sculptures and dioramas. For me it’s definitely something intrinsic I chose to feed- so I guess the easy answer is I can’t imagine a life I’m happy in if I’m NOT making things.
RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
ERIN: This will be my first time ever creating and selling limited edition prints of my work, exclusively for the Royal Bison. There will be 3 different images to choose from.
RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
ERIN: I’m still very excited about my fire work (there will be a few for sale at The Bison!) and I’d like to dig further into that. For me these paintings are about presenting moments of tragedy we bond over, cry over, feel alive over, create stories we pass from generation to generation over. They depict in a modern way the land I come from, that my ancestors settled and died on, and that I’ll return to one day.
Also I’m on the hunt for something collaborative! I don’t know what it will yet- but I’m excited to work on a project with other creatives.
RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
ERIN: Oh man- well, I have a lot, a lifetime worth really… but I was living in Cape Town, South Africa last year, and had the absolute pleasure of meeting some creatives over there that were so interesting and honest. The exquisite painter (and baker actually) Alice Toich @alice_toich, the incredibly kind and curious pop artist Keith Vlahakis @keithvlahakis, and the inspired mural artist Ben Johnston @benjohnstondesign (who consequently was born and raised in Cape Town but currently calls Toronto home).
You can find Erins astonishing portfolio online at www.erinelizabethross.com