Erika Christensen Scully is a portrait and landscape artist living in Lower Manhattan.
She has a BA in studio art from William Smith College and a Diploma in Portraiture from Heatherley's School of Fine Art in London. She has completed over 130 portraits by commission for clients in London, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Connecticut. She has also spent many years drawing and painting landscapes.
Childhood summers in Denmark, studying in Florence and living in London for seven years have all had a profound influence on Erika’s skill and style, as well as subject matter. France has been a favorite well of inspiration over the past two decades, as has the island of Nantucket, a place close to her heart, with deep familial roots and traditions. Manhattan, her primary home for over eighteen years, also serves as a rich site of creative influence, a sprawling and diverse mosaic of eclectic energy. There is a consistent thread throughout her work revealing a passion and curiosity with the human form, and the emotions and personalities that lie within. One notable project of hers includes a 2012 series of torn paper portraits she created at Project Renewal on the Bowery. The subjects were the clients at the shelter established for homeless men battling addiction. Through this program, Erika volunteered teaching art workshops to these individuals, and 100% of the proceeds of her works, sold at a 2014 auction, were donated to this organization.
In early 2017, she was inspired to paint images from the Women's March, capturing and recording through the medium of fine art, the emotions and sentiment of the tempestuous political climate. She completed 20 of these small paintings.
Erika also teaches painting and drawing workshops at the Artists Association in Nantucket, volunteers at Sing for Hope, as well as at various centers throughout the greater New York area.
She has three beloved children, who are ongoing sources of inspiration.