Erin Donahue Tice is a self-taught abstract artist. Following a 12-year career in corporate PR, she started painting after the birth of her second son as both a creative and therapeutic outlet.
Erin's medium of choice is acrylics but she also experiments with mixed mediums. She is drawn to the object nature of abstract art and loves the free-flowing experience of creating something unexpected. She especially loves the process of marrying interior design with art and is passionate about working hand-in-hand with designers and clients alike to create a statement.
Erin also draws inspiration from her "happy place," The Hamptons, where she has spent her summers since 2010.
Erin resides in Austin, TX with her husband Bill and their two little boys, William and George.
My art is a direct extension of my emotions, with expressionistic mark making as my form of communication. I began painting after the birth of my second son George, during a trying and emotionally exhausting period in my life. I had never picked up a paint brush before, but suddenly my feelings were much more easily expressed on canvas than anywhere else.
Aside from exploring both my emotionally dark and bright spots in my work, I also draw inspiration from my "happy place," the East End of Long Island, where I have spent the past 11 summers. The sights, smells, sounds are tastes are re-interpreted into abstract works that remind me of days and nights in this magnificent part of the United States.
I tend to use bold splashes of color, layers of texture, various mediums, and the definition - and absence of - shapes and spaces to transport the viewer to another place in time, even if that place and time is abstract.
From far away, my canvases appear to have sharp lines, yet upon closer inspection, the viewer discovers delicate marks and subtle shadows that gives each piece interest. There is almost always an undercurrent of both black and white within my pieces, which offers balance amid a mostly colorful visual experience. And every now and then, color is stripped completely to offer a stripped-down neutral palette and sense of calmness, reflective of the more serene experiences in my life.
I like to challenge myself by playing around with different elements, everything from layering paper, foam and cardboard onto canvasses, to using acrylics, gouache, oil pastels, markers and charcoal to bring my pieces to life.
My ultimate goal in my work is to connect to others' emotions by offering an intoxicating experience. I want people to continue to study my paintings over and over, always finding happy surprises hidden deep within the canvas, much like we can find deep within ourselves.
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