She began exercising racehorses at Long Acres in Renton, Washington, while attending school.
Working with horses throughout Washington, Erica was a fixture at such lauded locales as Long Acres, Yakima Meadows and Emerald Downs, where she was an exercise rider for various stables.
Primarily self-taught, Erica has studied a variety of artistic styles. “I found out that drawing came so naturally.” In her mid-thirties Erica embarked on her career as a professional artist and never looked back.
Erica’s art career took off when she began showing at Kirkland’s Gambados Gallery, where her paintings were enthusiastically received. With a powerful national presence in the national horse racing world, Erica’s paintings have shown at the prestigious Del Mar Thoroughbred Club where she was the 2010 featured program artist. In California, her work has been shown at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Bay Meadows race tracks.
“In a world of literal-minded racing painters and patrons, Erica Nordean is one who dares to flirt with the abstract. Her horses are unmistakably horses, but they have a vibrant, native feel…” - Columnist Jay Hovedy, Daily Racing Form
Erica recently expanded her work to include multi-media, figurative, abstract landscapes and commission pieces.
“My paintings are intense, ambiguous and many have a slightly lonely feel. My method is more about spending hours staring at the works than actually painting. I allow the paint to do what paint does...drip, mix and form shapes. I want my paintings to breathe with visual density, color and texture. I want them to reflect a state of being.”
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