It’s All About the Thrill

Our family spends a lot of time camping and wandering in the mountains. The scenery itself is beyond stunning, and the wildlife encounters are a thrilling adrenaline rush. This is what my work is all about. Wild colour and energetic brush strokes convey the excitement of the moment we see an animal in the wild.

Classically trained at the Ontario College of Art and Design, I’m a firm believer in the painting fundamentals, especially colour theory.

The photo of me and the bear is real, she huffed on my cheek. We were at a wildlife park though, not Kananaskis – it was quite the experience!

Neumann Bear paintings first began appearing in Canmore and Banff, Alberta galleries in the mid nineties. Erica’s bears quickly became known for their bold brush strokes and rich colours, including cobalt blues, turquoise, rich oxide reds and periwinkle noses. Her wildlife paintings have since received wider recognition in respected museums and galleries in Alberta, B.C. and the northwestern United States.

Public installations include The Artisan Gardens at Bow Valley Ranche, Calgary, and the Canmore Folk Festival stage backdrop. Publications include Bow Lake: Wellspring of Art , by Jane Lytton-Gooch, Spirit of the Wild: A Lyrical Colouring Book , Heritage House Publications and House and Garden magazine, UK. Erica’s work is enjoyed in private collections and homes worldwide.

Follow Erica on Instagram @neumannart, or to read more visit www.ericaneumann.com

“Paint what you love with passion and conviction, and if it’s not in fashion, keep painting until one day it will be”


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