Erica Lambertson’s paintings are drawn directly from her day-to-day life in southern Louisiana: lush subtropical landscapes, torrential summer rains, thick humid air and the decay it brings, the swamp. Erica works with a vivid and harsh palette that reflects the intensity of her surroundings. Light and gesture fuel narratives that can be dramatic and moody or sometimes pensive and dreamy. Many paintings come from reoccurring dreams or half realized memories, sometimes stories that have been told several times by close friends or family members become paintings.
Erica has studied at numerous institutions, including the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, the Center for Art and Culture in Aix en Provence, the University of New Orleans, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before resettling in New Orleans in 2009. She currently lives and works out of her studio in the Uptown neighborhood.