Sometimes there are moments in our days that we wouldn’t want to remember, in which we wouldn’t want anyone to see us because we are completely undone, tired and demoralized. They can be the evenings when we are so tired that we don’t feel like cooking and so we order some junk food, or those when we jump into the tub and try to isolate ourselves from the world for ten minutes.
These moments are the subjects of Erika Lee Sears‘ paintings.
Erika Lee Sears is an artist from Portland, Oregon who specializes in oil painting. Before devoting herself full time to her art, she worked as a clerk in a company, a job that did not satisfy her, and she painted only in the evenings or on weekends experimenting and learning the technique as a self-taught artist. A few years ago, then, she decided to take the plunge and leave her job to fully commit to her career as an artist.
To inspire her paintings is her life as a mother of two children, so among her works we find some that represent the few moments of calm that she devotes to herself, like eating a fruit in the morning before everyone wakes up or relax in the tub, while others capture those moments of chaos that added one to another make the days very long: doing the washing, going to the supermarket, putting in order the refrigerator.
One of the main features of many works by Erika Lee Sears is the point of view: the paintings are almost always subjective, we see things exactly as if we were her and in this way the identification is even stronger.