The Artist

"There is a spiritual sense of belonging for me when I am out in Nature. With a childlike excitement, I am awed and inspired by our planet. Paintings are my way of sharing its beauty. As an artist I will leave a body of work that represents my lifelong passion and respect for our environment. I believe there will come a day when the only places we will be allowed a glimpse of true nature will be in the parks and preserves we set aside today. My 39-acre residence in North Carolina is slated to be left for future generations as a bird sanctuary and artists’ retreat, as a spiritual place to respond to Nature, listen to the wind and birdsong, and return to our roots as part of a greater whole. Every painting I complete is a step to further that goal.(www.

The love of the outdoors and birds has always been a part of my life. I remember as a child fishing with my Mom on opening day in the spring in Connecticut, the river gliding by with the music of the red-winged blackbirds song. As I get older, I appreciate more than ever the beauty that surrounds us.
I have painted many vistas, old buildings and boat shacks that are no longer there. Once wild, open spaces are now housing developments, and expansive marsh areas are now golf courses. I believe there will come a day when the only places we will be allowed a glimpse of true nature will be in the parks, preserves and conservancies that we set aside today.

I record what I see, and am passionate about the scenes I can immortalize on canvas. That is my work's importance."

Note: The artist's 39 acre residence in NC is slated to be left for future generations as a bird sanctuary and artists' retreat. Visit www.HighRidgeGardens.org for more information.

Every Mary Erickson print edition includes a special edition of 100 prints used exclusively to raise funds for conservation, preservation, and educational organizations throughout the USA.

Recent Artwork