California artist, Erin Houghton identifies herself as a decorative modern day impressionist, whose paintings are an expression of her love for the beauty and simplicity of God’s creation. Her clients tell her that her paintings make them smile and that they never tire of her whimsical and romantic French impressionist style, which is characterized by shimmering light and pure bright color with soft edges.
Erin is inspired by, and paints about the beauty of everyday life—visits to the Saturday farmers’ market, a flower vendor on the street corner, roses growing on a fence, geraniums spilling over a window box, a lavender field in Provence, or a Parisian flower market.
Her painting career began long before she picked up a paintbrush, when she developed an eye for capturing the beauty of her garden on film by deliberately shooting out of focus in order to create the feel of a Monet or Renoir painting.
Erin’s interest in Monet led her to explore and photograph his garden in Giverny, France. Monet’s work, along with childhood memories growing up in North Carolina of the time spent playing in her Grandmother’s cottage garden, rocking on wicker chairs, arranging flowers for summer gatherings at her families beach cottage, and the brilliant Southern California sun, have influenced her unique palette and style. She has also learned painting techniques at workshops taught by California impressionist, Allayn Stevens, Ken Auster and Kenn Backhous.
As a breast cancer survivor Erin is committed to using her gift of painting to help raise money to find a cure. She loves volunteering to teach art and crafts for children’s fundraisers and is especially proud of her work with children.
Erin is a member of the Orange County Fine Arts Association, Eastside Art Group and has exhibited her work at The Showcase Gallery, Bonjour les Artistes, Rogers Gardens, The Balboa Island Art Walk, and at a one woman art show, “April in Paris” at Britta’s Café. She was one of three artists chosen to participate in Aaron Brother’s Artist Gallery Weekend to celebrate the opening of a new location in California, her art has been used by a charity in the United Kingdom, Sail for Cancer, on posters and advertisements, and has been featured in numerous home and garden magazines as well as an Italian publication. Her work is currently on exhibit at The Heart of the Island Gallery on Balboa Island, Debra’s Cottage and her small works are featured in her on line shop www.mypaintedgarden.com.
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