" In both my figurative and abstract city-scapes I am intrigued by capturing a moment, a pause in the day that otherwise moves on unseen. Within that moment there are patterns and negative shapes that create a beautiful abstraction. In my recent work I am looking to push that abstraction so that the shapes become as important as the subject matter. These shapes create the composition, which in the end decides the success of the work." – Erica Vhay
Erica Vhay, currently living in Flagstaff, Arizona, attended the University of Oregon where she received her degree in Fine Art, focusing in ceramic sculpture, drawing and painting. Since graduating she has combined her trade as a professional graphic designer and oil painting to serve her art career of sixteen years.
The Vhay family has a long legacy of architects are artists and architects. Her great grandfather was the American sculptor and painter Gutzon Borglum, best known for the sculpting of Mt. Rushmore. This artistic heritage shows in Erica’s confident, unique style.
Her work is varied: including explorations in abstract, figurative and landscape painting. Her graphic design background is evident through her use of negative space, intelligent composition, and strong form. Regarding process: “On the final layer I place the paint on the canvas and leave each stroke as it was applied. This honors the direct quality of the paint and my process. I don't go back to rework the piece. How I am feeling on that day, that moment, can be seen in the brushstrokes: cautious or brave, random or studied. I believe art is more powerful if the viewer can see evidence of the painter in the work,” says Erica Vhay.
Over the last ten years, Erica's career has enjoyed a wide following with collectors across the United States. She has participated in many shows as an artist and as a juror.