(WHY I WAS DRAWN TO THE SOUTHWEST LANDSCAPE)
I grew up in the crowded West Side of Chicago where concrete covered almost everything but a nearby park, offering me only a touch of nature, a place to dream.
I was always fascinated with cowboy movies, especially those made in Red Rock country. I imagined myself being there in all that amazing beauty perhaps as some kind of female Robinhood, riding a horse into the sunset, having campfires under the stars, discovering new places.
Many of the movies I watched were made here in Sedona (over 50 of them)…so it's no wonder I was captured by Red Rock country. The theaters at that time were like magical palaces, an escape into another world for just those few hours. My personal escape was to the Southwest landscape.
At age 20 I came out to Arizona where I met my husband Ken and we lived in Arizona for a period, followed by Southern California and then Nevada. In 1992, we came back to Arizona and settled in Sedona. My art and my spirit are deeply embedded in the landscape of the Southwest where I find an endless source of inspiration, a virtual lifetime of subjects to explore.
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Of all the Sedona galleries, the best selection of Southwest paintings of Sedona Arizona and surrounding areas is featured in the Erickson Studio Gallery, where Marilyn Erickson specializes in the Southwest art of her amazing red-rock surroundings. Marilyn creates her Southwest paintings in her studio, which is part of her gallery, and is open to visitors every day. When visitors to Sedona galleries are interested in meeting the artist, sharing thoughts and ideas about Southwest paintings and to see her Southwest art displayed in a friendly environment, the Erickson Studio Gallery is an exciting choice. Her Southwest art features mostly oil paintings and some watercolors. When visiting Sedona galleries, one should not miss this opportunity to see art being created on site as she shares her personal feelings about Southwest art. The Erickson Studio Gallery is located on one of the most magnificent view sites in Sedona featuring a panoramic view of the famous Snoopy Rock formation. Right below the gallery, Oak Creek rushes down from the world-renowned Oak Creek Canyon. She has a deep spiritual connection with the southwest landscape of Sedona, Arizona and the Grand Canyon especially. This personal connection is evident in the southwest art she creates.
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