Since she could hold a pencil, Erika has been drawing. Her style has matured since then (and she’s gotten a bit better at drawing people), but bright colors and bold shapes are still prevalent in her work. She is holds a Master’s in Book Publishing from Portland State University, and is currently looking for illustration and design work. She served as the design & production manager at Ooligan Press and acted as art editor for the Portland Review during her time as a graduate student.
Erika graduated from Montclair State University in 2010 with a BFA in Illustration and Animation. She wrote and illustrated a full-length children’s book entitled Career Day with Cornelia May for her senior thesis project. Select pages from the book were shown at the 2010 BFA Gallery Show at the George Segal Gallery, and Erika received the Excellence in Animation & Illustration Award from Montclair’s Department of Art & Design. In the summer of 2013, she won a great deal of PBR swag and a smidgen of Instagram popularity for creating the winning piece in a Pabst Blue Ribbon-sponsored art contest.
Erika has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since 2012. She aspires to have her stories and pictures in libraries across the country.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, traveling, and writing about herself in third person. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her wonderful husband.
- Pabst Blue Ribbon
- Willamette Week
- Late Night Library
- PSU Foundation
- University Studies at Portland State University
- Ooligan Press
- Independent Publishing Resource Center
- Montclair State University
- 90.3 WMSC
Get in Touch:
I’m available for freelance work, let’s chat!
email: schnatze at gmail dot com