Inspired by words from writer Hugh Prather, "Always a new painting, always a new me," Erica Pang's paintings are a celebration of her ever-evolving artistic expression.
Though art was always part of her life growing up, Erica struggled to find a fulfilling practice after graduating from Emily Carr University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts.
It was then she decided to embark on a year-long journey of self-discovery around the world with a backpack and yoga mat. It was in Rishikesh, India where she immersed herself in the ancient philosophies and practices of yoga, completing her teacher training certification. But it was a spiritual experience in Hawaii that was the turning point for Erica.
On the Big Island of Hawaii, she lived in a retreat village where she learned the power of surrounding yourself with a positive and supportive community.
After a reiki energy reading, she received a red flower from her healer. Though she had no idea what the intention on the flower was, Erica felt the need to paint the beauty of it. That one flower was what inspired Erica to paint again and was the beginning of an entirely new series and style of her paintings.
Furthering her passion for creative expression, Erica followed her heart and studied at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute to obtain a diploma in Art Therapy. Today, this Vancouver-born artist combines all of her inspirations from painting, meditation, and yoga to bring the gift of Art Therapy to her community. She wholeheartedly believes in the healing power of art, and that everyone is creative once one let's go of their inner critic and boldly opens up to embracing self-expression.
Erica's paintings always begin with a ritual of burning sage or incense. Working layer by layer, alternating between foreground and background, she listens to her intuition to guide the next stroke of her brush.
"When I paint I imagine my heart chakra opening and channelling it all into the canvas - from my heart, to the brush and to the canvas, there is a balance of flow from contraction to expansion," Erica says. "I want my paintings to evoke positive energy to the space and people around me."