Erika Pochybova - Johnson

Artist's Statement

I am inspired by life in general, but mostly by nature. I like to portray characters, symbols, and natural phenomena that coexist in a world of peace, harmony, and mutual consolation. I try to remind my viewers of the wonder of childhood when encountering something new and beautiful in nature. The unpleasant negativity projected in mass media inspires me to work harder to create something more colorful, fresh, optimistic and positive in my artwork
and provide a pleasant and joyful escape for viewers of my work. Recently, I decided to expand my interpretation of what I see into abstract compositions. The majority of my paintings are complex, detailed, colorful, and chaotic, but people can find recognizable images within them inspired by nature and everyday life. My abstract pieces remove easily identifiable images. In my work, I strive to reflect my belief that I have about life: that one is often presented with random opportunities that can be developed into rich and beautiful experiences. In other (simple) words, life is what I make of it.