About the Artist
Hello, and thank you for visiting! I'm Erica Leigh, a visual artist from Massachusetts. I specialize in portrait paintings, commissioned by folks who are in search of the perfect gift to give a loved one. Although my favorite medium is acrylic on canvas, I dabble in others such as digital illustration, watercolor + mural painting. Recently I became a published illustrator. My first children's book, entitled Joey + Iggy's Great Adventure, is now available on Amazon and select Cardsmart stores! CLICK HERE to View on Amazon!
While you're here I hope you'll take a good look around + feel free to ask me any questions using the chat feature or contact page!
My early beginnings as an artist consisted mostly of graphite-stained palms, and erasers that I wore down to nothing. I was a pencil-sketch hobbyist, naturally drawn to faces. I began experimenting with art publicly when I painted sets for musical theater productions in grade school. My passion for music always took center stage growing up, with Art waiting patiently in the wings. That began to change once I hit college...
While learning a bachelor's in Songwriting and Voice at Berklee College of Music my hand-painted event posters caught someone's eye, and next thing I knew I was painting several murals on their walls. I found it amusing that I was leaving my "mark" on the school with a literal paintbrush, but I embraced it. I wound up painting 4 murals, countless signs and even took on the role of interior designer to revamp an old cafeteria.
When I left music school and produced my debut album "Puzzle Heart" for iTunes, I painted my album artwork and incorporated painting into every aspect of the release, from the music video to the photo shoot. This caught the attention of several local musicians who hired me to paint album art and merchandise for them, too.
To this day I am still largely influenced as a painter by my music career. I have a dual art + music studio in Framingham, MA where my inspiration can ebb and flow freely between the two.