Hello, friends & fellow creators!
I'm Erik Maas: a Spokane-based contemporary artist creating something new every single day. My typical creations are mixed media abstractions that capture the human experience. Inspired by the beautiful, unique forms found in nature and the flowing tones in music. Each original piece of art has a wonderful balance of texture and movement.
Art has always been essential to my identity. By the time I was five I already had two major eye surgeries and was legally blind until I was almost twelve years old. As a child in an eyepatch. I saw the world through an abstract lens.
But, even during this time, I was always creating something. The gratification I got from giving someone something unique was what kept me coming back to art.
When I was seven years old, I published m y first Illustrated children's book called "The Deep Blue Sea" and shortly afterwards an award-winning book called "Wouldn't it Be Great if I Was A Toucan". At age eleven, my vision started to improve; my physicians called it a medical miracle. I painted in oils for the first time and quickly developed an obsession with painting.
I attended the Savannah College of Art & Design and attained my BFA in Photography & Graphic Design. I have now been painting, designing, and illustrating professionally for over sixteen years. My art is constantly evolving with me as I experiment with new mediums and methods.
As a Hispanic, queer, transgender artist, I uplift diverse voices through LGBTQ+ education and exploring themes of authenticity, self-discovery, and mental health in my work.
Follow me @erikmaasart.
Awards & Accolades
"Clocks: A Blazon" Published short story, 2012
“More or Less” 3rd Place, 2D, Northwest Florida State College 2010 Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition
Northwest Florida State College Fall Term President’s List, Fall 2009 / Spring 2010
“Chasing Cars” Northwest Florida State College 2009 Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition
“Chasing Cars” Published in Blackwater Review Volume 7, No. 1: Spring 2009
“Sights & Sounds” Published in Blackwater Review Volume 7, No. 1: Spring 2009
“Sights & Sounds” Northwest Florida State College 2009 Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition
“Living” Honorable Mention, Mattie Kelly Arts Festival
“New Friend, Old Friend” 2nd Place, Animation, Northwest Florida Arts Festival