Ehricks life-long fascination with mountains, trees and
organic lines is evident in his three distinctive styles of
artwork: landscapes, or more specifically, mountainscapes, highly-detailed
graphite drawings and fantasy scenes in metallic acrylics.
His mountainscapes are inspired by the stark vistas
of the high Sierra and Sonoran Desert, and emulate the works
by Hudson River School landscape artists, as well as the bold
images of famed illustrator Maxfield Parrish. They seek to capture
the vivid colors, bold contrasts, and atmospheric clarity found
uniquely in the high mountains, with particular emphasis on
the unique patterns and shadows created by snow and rock.
His drawings are based on trees encountered in
the high Sierra. The large, detailed drawings attempt to capture
the organic forms and rich texture of dried-out wood, while
emphasizing the stark shadows created by the clear high-altitude
light. Recent drawings integrate human forms against trees,
stressing commonalities of form and shadow.
His dreamscapes, painted in metallic paint on
wood panels, are deeply personal paintings depicting people,
animals and buildings in a surreal tangle of organic, flowing
lines that draw the viewer into the image. The extensive use
of metallic paint gives them a unique luminescence that changes
dramatically under different lighting conditions.
Ehrick lives in the Southern California desert
community of Rancho Mirage. Prior to moving to Southern California
in 2003, Ehrick lived in Boston, where he attended the Mass
College of Art, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the
Decordova Museum School. He has participated in various group
shows since 1990, but principally shows his work through his