Erika Oller studied painting and drawing at the National Academy of Design, School of Fine Arts in New York City, graduated from UCLA with a degree in Fine Arts, then studied some more at Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California State University in Long Beach, and Otis Art Institote in Los Angeles. Until the early 90's, she painted "seriously" in watercolor, then began a long career producing whimsical, sometimes satirical art for greeting cards and other products. Erika's watercolors and monotypes reflect a delightful humor, sense of freedom and making light of convention.
"In the mid sixties, I began drawing highly detailed pen and ink depictions of things and events observed around me. I gathered unusual papers, the tiniest pen points available, and drew for hours at a time at home in Topanga Canyon, California. Gradually adding color, I started showing work in the Los Angeles area."
"From 1984 to 1998, I worked in the Behavioral Biology lab at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. After too many human anatomy classes, several courses in botanical illustration at Otis Art Institute and The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, completing the better part of the Master's program in Medical Illustration at California State University, Long Beach, and four years of drawing ancient skulls for an evolutionary biologist, Charles Oxnard, I presented myself to Caltech with a truckload of skull and cell drawings. It was a wonderful job, and I was so fortunate to have worked there."
Erika has displayed work continually since her first gallery show in Laguna Beach, California, in the seventies. Among many solo shows, she had a one person exhibit in Cannes, France, another in London, England, and others throughout the United States.
Erika is now firmly established as an artist and creator of witty captions. She is also a successful author and illustrator of children's books.
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