The Six Degrees Creative brand is all about connection. With the Connecting Creatives segment the goal is to highlight creatives and entrepreneurs in our communities and share their journey. No matter the outlet or industry, it is important we support each other’s growth both professionally and personally. Together we can make being a creative or running a small business sustainable and successful.
This week we highlight the incredibly lifelike and emotion-filled surrealism art created by Erica Robin. Erica brings worlds of wonder to life in each piece by combining stunning layers of color, a variety of otherworldly subjects, and thought-invoking symbolism. Her art is an authentic extension of herself and adds beauty to any space.
"I strive with every finished work to invoke feelings of empowerment within oneself and the divine connection that unifies us all." - Erica Robin Art
Hi! Thank you for taking the time to be part of Connecting Creatives. Can you tell us more about your background and how you got started on your creative journey?
I always knew I wanted to be an artist from a young age. I studied fine art in college, however I took a 10 year detour and did graphic design for practical reasons. I didn’t think I could make money with fine art. After staring at a computer for hours day after day, my soul was crying out for paint again. At age 30, I quit my graphic design job and started oil painting full time.
The first few years were very hard. I wasn’t used to creating people, and all my work looked very cartoonish. I wasn’t selling at all the first few years. I questioned if I was doing the right thing, but I kept going and I shared my work on social media and at art shows. My work got better after many years of blood, sweat, and tears.
My determination to improve is what kept me going. I am proud of the fact that I didn’t give up and want to show others they can do the same. Listen to your soul’s calling. I think what sets my work apart from others' is the magical and spiritual element in the paintings. I’ve heard people tell me that just one image has changed their life. It brings me great joy to inspire others.
What keeps you engaged and passionate about your small business and creative endeavors?
I know without art, I would probably be dead. I use my art as a personal form of therapy to help heal myself as well as others. I have lost 3 people who were extremely close to me to suicide, including my brother, best friend, and stepdaughter. I believe one of the reasons why so many people are unhappy today is because we have lost our connection to ourselves, to nature and to one another.
If you could give advice to your younger business self what would it be?
Never give up and always listen to your souls’ calling...
What is a challenge you have faced as a creative/small business and how have you overcome it?
A challenge I have faced especially early on was not getting the monetary results I needed. It’s easy and normal to question the path that you're on when you aren’t getting the results you desire. I am so glad I had the determination to never give up because it is definitely paying off now. I am a simple person and just want to live off my art so I can be free to live a life of creativity and passion.
What do you want people to take away from your small business?
I intend for my art to serve as a bridge into consciousness that we are all one and connected. I strive with every finished work to invoke feelings of empowerment within oneself and the divine connection that unifies us all.
What is the next milestone for you?
My goal is to create a tiny home community with liveable art structures and a retreat-center for people to come stay and learn about art and healthy sustainable living.
How can we support you?
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