Intuitive. Whimsical. Sophisticated. Words often heard my work described as an Illustrator. Upon graduating from Ringling College of Art & Design with a B.F.A. in 1996, I established my creative freelance brand = Studioerin = which has earned international awards and accolades across a multi-medium spectrum ever since.
The 4th artist in my family, I was born in Jackson, Michigan in the early 70's. Always inspired by kitsch, quirk and the bright colors of pop culture, my artistic journey was second nature by the age of 4. I began exploring many mediums almost immediately… drawing, painting, collage, photography ~ anything I could get my hands on to add a twist to my version of the world around me.
Memories are still vivid of entering numerous children's art competitions, but none were so highlighted as the excitement of having a few of my classic monster drawings appear in the kid's Art Ghoullery on the Detroit-based campy/B-movie TV show, Sir Graves Ghastly! Amid countless hours of watching The Monkees, Lost in Space & The Munsters, I was also heavily influenced by the images of the 40's/50's… movies (esp the artwork of the posters!), big band, early rock-n-roll, cars, fashion and architecture.
After moving to Florida in the mid-80's, an explosion of abstract perceptions, surreal images and the resurgence of nostalgic revivals brought out a deeper essence of my psyche. Further experimentation throughout high school lead to my instantaneous acceptance to Ringling during my portfolio review (bypassing a 2-year waiting list). The rest is history, which ironically has come full-circle with hints of my accumulative inspirations prevalent in my work today.
Specializing in commercial illustration (editorial/magazine, packaging), my favorite mediums to work in include acrylic, oil, watercolor, ink, sketch and mixed. Having developed a unique gestural style reminiscent of impressionism meets expressionism, my work has been in high demand and is featured on many affiliated sites, highlighting nuance aspects on a variety of home decor, apparel, accessories and fine art prints anyone in the world can own a piece of. Direct links to a handful of these resources can be found on the SHOP page, with more being added in the near future.
A lifelong parallel passion of art and music has driven me to pursue freelance work in the industry for 17 years (inspiration from my illustrated CD package senior thesis in college). With clients spanning from musicians, bands, record labels and recording studios to music festivals, magazines and non-profits, I'm reminded to channel my inner child as I continue to broaden my skill-set while embracing emerging technology in many facets. I've developed a diverse clientele within the entertainment industry over the years, which continues to be a dream come true. In February 2018, the music branch of Studioerin = Curious Palette Creative = was launched; through Art Direction, Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography, CPC is an industry-dedicated design studio that elevates the visual presence of emerging artists and seasoned pros... essentially, making their music POP! Celebrating 11 years as an active voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammy's/Latin Grammy's), I enjoy discovering talent from around the globe while participating in many social events each year.
Keep an artful eye out for more to come on the horizon...
— Erin Starks
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