A b o u t   t h e   a r t i s t

When Erin Hunter was nine, her great-great aunt Helen gave her a copy of the Reader's Digest Guide to North American Wildlife. Fascinated by the detailed color illustrations of flowers and insects and animals, Erin read all 559 pages. Her first ventures into science and illustration started with that book, where she checked off the plants and wildlife of her own backyard and drew birds in the margins.

Trading Monterey County’s vineyards and Pacific waves for almond trees and sunflower fields, Erin eventually headed inland and earned a B.A. in graphic design with a minor in Spanish at California State University, Chico. After graduation and two years as a full-time graphic designer, she packed two suitcases and flew to New York City. Settling in Brooklyn, Erin worked assorted day jobs and freelance design projects to pay for night classes at the Art Students’ League and frequent trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Between subway rides and adventures, Erin spent time simply sitting on park benches, observing the action around her and sketching the characters of the city.

Two snowy winters and a cross-country road trip later, Erin returned to the California coast and the Monarch butterflies, wild irises and scurrying lizards that captivated her as a child. She enrolled in the prestigious science illustration program at University of California, Santa Cruz, completed internships with leading scientific and consumer organizations, and today specializes in entomological and botanical illustration. Erin also leads field sketching workshops and has taught botanical illustration and field sketching at UC Santa Cruz. In the summer of 2015, she was one of five artists chosen to complete an artist-in-residency program on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. When she's not painting, teaching or working at the computer, she can be found puttering in her backyard garden or hiking in coastal forests. Her dog-eared copy of the Reader's Digest Guide to North American Wildlife sits prominently on her desk.

 

Erin's artwork has been featured in the following shows:

 

2017

Group show at Chesebro Wines tasting room in Carmel Valley, ongoing
Solo show at Lula's Chocolates in Carmel, CA, ongoing

Open Ground Studios Member Exhibit

The Art of Nature—group show at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History


2016

Group show at Chesebro Wines tasting room in Carmel Valley, ongoing
Solo show at Lula's Chocolates in Carmel, CA, ongoing

Open Ground Studios Member Exhibit

The Art of Nature—group show at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Sandhill Crane Festival Art Show—group show in Lodi


2015
Group show at Chesebro Wines tasting room in Carmel Valley, ongoing
Solo show at Lula's Chocolates in Carmel, CA, ongoing

Wonders of Carmel River—group show at Garland Ranch Regional Park visitors center
The Art of Nature—group show at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Sandhill Crane Festival Art Show—group show in Lodi


2014
The Art of Nature—group show at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Nature's Jewels—California chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators group show
Bay Area Wildlife—group show at Filoli in Woodside, CA
Sandhill Crane Festival Art Show—group show in Lodi
Wildflowers of Garland Park—group show at Garland Park in Carmel Valley, 2014
Birds, Plants and Pollinators—group show at Denver Botanic Garden, fall-winter 2013-14

2013
The Art of Nature—group show at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Nature's Many Splendors—group show at Filoli, fall 2013
Nature's Jewels—California chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators group show
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Exhibit—Bar Harbor, Maine

2012
The Art of Nature—group show at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Handcrafted and Through the Lens—group exhibit at Filoli in Woodside, CA
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Exhibit—Savannah, GA
California Native Plant Society Conservation Conference Botanical Art Exhibition
Sandhill Crane Festival Art Show—group show in Lodi, CA

2011
The Art of Nature—group show at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Exhibit—Olympia, WA, 2011
Nature's Jewels—California chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators group show

2010
Filoli Annual Botanical Art Exhibition

2009
Collaborative show with Ian Harlow Williams at Ol'Factory Cafe
Filoli Annual Botanical Art Exhibition
Solo show at Vino 100 in Chico, CA

2008
Solo show at Cafe Lumiere in Monterey, CA
Solo show at Vino 100 in Chico, CA
Filoli Annual Botanical Art Exhibition
Solo show at Cafe Limelight in Santa Cruz

2006
Illustrating Nature—group show at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 2006