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. My art is constantly evolving with me as I experiment with new mediums and methods.
Art has always been essential to my identity. I was legally blind until I was almost 12 years old, and I saw the world in colors and forms rather than sharp edges and details. By the time I turned five I already had two major eye surgeries and spent a large part of my childhood wearing an eye-patch. 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 my 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 11, 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. At the age of 14, I was given my first DSLR camera, and I discovered and fostered my passion for photography and digital art.
At age 11, 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. My portfolio of traditional media expanded during my core studies, and the beautiful sense of calm I felt while painting could not be matched by other mediums.
I have now been painting, designing, and illustrating for over 16 years. My art is constantly evolving with me as I experiment with new mediums and surfaces.
Follow me on social media @erikmaasart.
"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