The artist Kerne Erickson
For the past 45 years Kerne Erickson has worked as a full-time artist, primarily producing freelance commissioned art and landscape paintings. His home and studio are located in Orange County near the edge of the vast O’Neill cattle ranch, with classic rolling California foothills and the distinct ridgeline of Saddleback Mountain in the background. To the south a few miles is Trestles beach, one of the premier surf spots in California. In this home he and his wife, Suzanne, raised their two children, Daniel and Anna.
Erickson is soft spoken and friendly but prefers to work on his art with no one else around. The music he listens to while working ranges widely from British Isles folk music to innovative jazz. All around his home and studio are gadgets he has invented and constructed, which attest to his clever mind, keen wit and good sense of humor. In one room there is a tall wooden device made to scroll huge rolls of canvas. He designed and built this so he could produce long horizontal murals in a relatively small area. The main easel he is using in his studio is built from an auto shop hydraulic jack for lifting engines. This works perfectly for raising, lowering and tilting the large canvases he works on. His heavily planted back yard is watered using a series of hoses and hand-made drip devices, designed in the comical Rube Goldberg tradition.
Erickson’s art has been exhibited throughout the United States and also in Germany, England, Japan and Brazil. His easel paintings have been featured in American Artist Magazine and in major surf-related publications throughout the world. His landscape paintings have been accepted in many juried art exhibitions including those organized by the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society, Art for the Parks, and the California Art Club. In addition he has received top awards from Watercolor U.S.A., one of Americas premier annual watercolor exhibitions. Kerne’s original paintings have sold for $35,000 USD.
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