Hood River  30" x 10" Acrylic on Canvas
July, 2018

"Secret Garden" 11" x 8" Acrylic on Canvas
March, 2018


November 3, 2017
First Friday Artwalk in Eugene, Oregon, 566 Olive Street, Eugene, Oregon
I am honored to be hosted by Paul Schatz Furniture, who will feature a wide assortment
of my work in their elegant showroom. We will be the first stop on the guided tour,
which begins at 5:30 pm, and will be open all evening.


October 2017
Featured artist at Caswell Gallery in Troutdale, Oregon.
The show was already being assembled abound new work featuring the Columbia Gorge
and the northern Cascade range. That now seems especially timely, in light of the
Eagle Creek Fire. If you are in the area, please stop in, especially on First Friday!

September 2017

Munra Point
6 x 8 Inches, Acrylic on Canvas
Purchase information on the "originals" page.


August 2017

Crown Point
12 x 6 Inches, Acrylic on Canvas
Purchase information can be found on the "orlginals" page.

As this painting was being completed, much of what you see went up in flames.
The Gorge will recover, but it will never be the same. Not in our lifetimes.

July 2017

Hood River Sunrise
7 x 5 Inches - Acrylic on Clay Board

Mount Hood
16 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas
Time Lapse
Click on the image or here for details.

A detail shot from this painting appeared in the June 2017 issue of
Southwest Art
December 2016

North Sister, Charcoal on Paper, 17 x 8 inches

Summer Rocks, Charcoal on Paper, 17 x 8 inches


Fall Festival, October 2016
Glen Otto Park, September 30-October 2
The weather wasn't quite as cooperative as it was for 2015, but the
food was great, the turnout was good, and fine art was everywhere.

Summer Fanfare, acrylic on canvas, was my entry for the juried part
of the show.

Veneration, charcoal on vellum, was my entry in the
Quick Draw event, where eight select Northwest artists
competed to produce a finished work of art in 90 minutes.

Both pieces sold at auction on October 2.


Caswell Gallery
Troutdale, Oregon
Featured Artist for July, 2016
In addition to my normal inventory at Caswell Gallery, July will feature some special selections, as well
as the unveiling of a new piece, just finished July 30th. "In The Long Run..." is a painting with deep spiritual
meaning. It is one of those landscapes that could be most anywhere, but is mostly inside...

In The Long Run...
July, 2016

62 Layers of glaze to produce the sky...
Special section about the imagery and making of the painting.

May 2016 Issue
"Off The Easel-New Works"


July, 2016 - Caswell Gallery, Troutdale, Oregon
In addition to the normal selection of paintings in stock.
Featured artist at Caswell Gallery, featuring the unveiling of a major new painting.
More details coming soon.


March 5, 2016
Elsinore Gallery, Salem, Oregon
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Elsinore Gallery is celebrating 30 years of business, and has undergone extensive remodeling.
The celebration party for their grand re-opening with a party featuring food, live music, and of course, art.
The show will feature work by regional artists, including K.C. Hancock, Cynthia Herron, and myself.
I will be showing four pieces, all for sale, including:

January 2016

S y r a h
8 x 10 Acrylic on Canvas
$525 US
Memories of summer...

October 3, 2015  -- Quick Draw Event at
The Fall Festival of the Arts
90 Minutes to produce a finished piece of art, from blank paper to framed and ready to hang...
This is the result from the final practice session, which went 80 minutes. It is a scene from Cannon Beach,
19 x 7 inches before matting and framing, charcoal and graphite.


October 2-4, 2015
Fall Festival of the Arts
Troutdale, Oregon

-- June and July 2015 --

253 East Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, Oregon
New Paintings, Landscapes and Figurative, Including "Ma Vlast" and  Southwest Art Magazine's
2014 Artistic Excellence Finalist "Chloe's Sunset."

First Friday receptions June 5 and July 3, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Ma Vlast (c)2015 by Craig Erickson

Ma Vlast
(Willamette Valley Vineyards)

New Paintings

Diamond Peak
10 x 28 Inches, Acrylic On Canvas

11 x 16 Inches, Acrylic on Canvas


Southwest Art Magazine
December, 2014 Issue
Finalist, 2014 Artistic Excellence Competition

"Chloe's Sunset"
Chosen from over 2,100 international entries,
the painting will be part of an article appering in the December, 2014 issue.
This painting is still available--see the Originals page for details.


September 1, 2014, Portland, Oregon

I am thrilled to announce that two of my paintings have been selected for THE PEARL ART AUCTION, to be held
at Urban Studio in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon on September 1st. This is the inaugural auction, and has
been marketed heavily in social media and Southwest Art magazine, with an auction profile running in the July issue.
To learn more about this event, go to: www.ThePearlArtAuction.com


Solitaire and Oak Knoll...off to Portland

-- Schedule --
Friday, August 29th 5pm to 9pm: Preview Exhibit and Artist Reception at Caswell Gallery,
253 Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, Oregon
August 30th and 31st, 10:00am to 5:30pm at Caswell Gallery
September 1: Auction Day at Urban Gallery, 935 NW Davis Street, Portland, Oregon
Opening Reception begins at 4:00 pm, Live Auction begins at 6:00 pm


The TASTE Art Show is coming, July 12 at Sweet Earth Vineyards in Monroe, Oregon.
The show will feature seven local artists. I will be showing a new piece for the first time,
along with a number of additional paintings. All are available for purchase,
along with a selection of limited edition prints.  Come enjoy the afternoon!

June, 2014


Now Finished!
I've had a long standing desire to paint Biblical figures in settings true to their
actual lives at the time they lived. This is John the apostle on the island of Patmos. The
setting is painted from the mouth of the cave where tradition says he received the vision
of the revelation of Christ. He was already an old man when the vision was given. I imagine
he returned from time to time to ponder what he had seen.



May 2012
Gallery 444

Elsinore Gallery, 444 Ferry Street, Salem, Oregon
A solo exhibition featuring three major paintings showcasing Northwest vineyards.
20+ Original paintings offered for your consideration.
May 5th through 26th
Opening reception will be May 5th, 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Featuring a brand new painting...

King Estate Sunset is the third painting in the Three Views of a Secret series.
Come to Salem to see them in person!


December 3 - 24, 2011
Elsinore Gallery
444 Ferry Street, Salem, Oregon
Craig will be part of a juried exhibition of Northwest artists featuring wilderness and
wildlife miniatures.  The opening reception will be on December 3, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Click here for more details.

Just in time for Christmas!  Hope to see you there!


The second of only two paintings authorized by legendary Leonetti Cellar is complete. This
painting is a tribute to the pioneering vision and excellence that has made the Walla Walla Valley
an icon in winemaking. Big Reds in big country!

Click on the image for a closer view.


Iffy July weather has made for fantastic scenes along the Pacific Crest Trail this year...




New paintings from closer to home are also in progress, along with more anticipated wine country scenes.
The lush (read that "rainy") spring has produced an especially beautiful Willamette Valley this year.


All Photos (c)2011 by Craig Erickson



The Partnership
Along with the scenery in the Northwest Wine Country, there are many stories
of couples who risked everything to pursue their dream.  Of course, this is an idealized
version of what that might have looked like, but I like the idea.

Go ahead...click on the picture for a closer look!

Mill Creek Upland
Leonetti Cellar, famous Walla Walla winery, has a very special vineyard just outside town,
a little higher, with a little more rainfall and a lot more extra special.  This is the first
of only two original paintings authorized by the winery.

Cannon Beach, Oregon, November 6, 7, 8  2009

Many, many thanks to those who came to the Cannon Beach Hotel for this year's Stormy Weather
Arts Festival.  It was a memorable weekend, and our deep thanks to Lisa and the staff for
their hospitality.  And our very deepest thanks to friends and patrons who joined the fun!


Shy Cabernet, Leonetti Ceallar
12 x 12 Inches, acrylic on Canvas,
December, 2009
This painting was the work in progress at the Stormy Weather Arts Festival
show at The Cannon Beach Hotel

Leonetti Cellar, Mill Creek  Upland Vineyard, (c)2009 by Craig Erickson
Mill Creek Upland Vineyard, Leonetti Cellar
September, 2009 Charcoal Study, 17 x 14 inches

It was a distinct privilege in late August to be allowed access to the vineyards of the very prestigious Leonetti Cellar winery, in Walla Walla, Washington. Three days shooting film in the Loess and Mill Creek Upland vineyards produced many memorable images that will be the basis for several upcoming paintings. This charcoal study from Mill Creek Upland showcases the beauty of the wheat fields and vineyards nestled beneath the Blue Mountains.


Pinot Blanc
June, 2009, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 12

Peter Teaches
May, 2009, Acrylic on Vellum, 17 x 14, Donation

The original concept for this painting was not an individual, but the body of Christ.  The idea was to depict a group of believers in an evening house meeting in first century Jerusalem.

Since groups of any size met largely in the houses of the wealthy, that was where my research began.  I searched for images of a house large enough to include a courtyard.  Oddly, one of the few buildings of any size to survive the sacking of Jerusalem is one traditionally believed to be the house of Caiaphas, high priest of the Jews and chief architect of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

“Peter Teaches” depicts the church meeting in the same courtyard where Jesus was held and Peter denied Him hours before His crucifixion.  Peter never actually preached there, but the irony of picturing him boldly proclaiming the Gospel in the same place he earlier cowered in shame is a visual metaphor of a more stunning transformation.


Sunrise At Benton Lane (c)2009 by Craig Erickson
On a Summer Morning...
Sunrise At Benton Lane was one of those pieces that became a endless
string of marathon painting sessions.  Some areas took more than thirty layers
of glaze to fully develop. The result is very satisfying (to the artist at least!).

Greenwich Bound...
"Benton-Lane Study" was accepted for the 2008 SmallWorksNA
exhibition and sale, conducted by Greenwich Workshop, one of the world's
largest publishers of fine art reproductions. To see all the selections, visit

Study for Sunrise At Benton Lane, (c) 2008 by Craig Erickson

"Benton Lane Study" August, 2008, 9" x 12" Acrylic on Canvas

Another From August...

Rickreal Hayrolls (c)2008 by Craig Erickson
This piece was a planned entry into a national competition. Unfortunately,
time was not on my side, and I was only able to complete one piece before
the deadline.

Another piece from August, 2008:

King Estate Winery (c)2008 by Craig Erickson

After a long wait, "King Estate" is complete.  18"x 36" on muslin canvas. This is the second
 in a series featuring the Oregon and Washington wine country. The third and fourth
paintings are on the easel, and should be complete before September.
This first image is a low quality camera shot from the studio.

My deepest thanks and appreciation to the fine people at Ernst for inviting me to Cannon Beach
for the Stormy Weather Weekend Art Festival on November 2, 3, 4, 2007.  It was a thrill and a privilege
to be part of a show featuring MR. WILLIAM S. PHILLIPS.

Thank you also to all the art collectors and appreciators who were gracious and encouraging.  I was
honored beyond words to be part of the weekend, and hope to meet you all again very soon.

Special thanks to Don, Becky, Reed, and everyone at Ernst for a fantastic weekend at the
End of Summer Art Celebration, September 8th and 9th, 2007. The combined show featured:

Rod Frederick  -  Frank Hettick  -  Thomas Polidori  -  Craig Erickson

A personal thank-you to Frank and Rod for lending their drawing power and encouragement
a wide-eyed newcomer.  I very much appreciate them putting their stellar reputations
on the line to be at the same show with "Craig WHO?"


Many thanks to Cyndy and everyone at LaFollette Gallery
for a wonderful August through September show.  The
hospitality and hard work
by everyone at the gallery made "Essence of Oregon"
a great success.   The paintings are gone now, but you can still find an excellent selection
of signed limited edition giclee prints at LaFollette.
LaFollette is located at 931 Oak Street, in Eugene, Oregon (541-484-1420)