Why I Make Art
I love to transform spaces. There is something so invigorating about transforming a space and bringing a fresh life to it.
This is how I feel about art. It uplifts me, invigorates me and leaves me feeling renewed. When a new piece of art work enters my home, whether my own or a piece that I have purchased, it is as if a new child has been born and I can not take my eyes off of it. It fills me up. It makes me whole.
When I share my art with you and you bring it into your home, I hope that same sense of wonder fills it up and brings joy into your life.
Erika Hastings is a Canadian Fine Artist best known for her vibrant acrylic and watercolour paintings that evoke a sense of joy and tranquility.
She has exhibited her work around the world, including a year long cross country traveling art exhibition throughout the United States and Canada. Her work is published in numerous magazines and in three publications, including the book, “Dreams for Peace.”
Erika has spent the last two decades intensively researching and studying alternative emotional and physical healing methods. She integrates all of her learning to create paintings that heal the physical body and surrounding environment.
Erika currently works an an artist, a healer and a homeschooling mother to her three children.
How Erika Paints
Erika paints in both acrylic and watercolor paintings. Her paintings are all created with the highest quality materials and designed to pass on from generation to generation.
Erika’s acrylic paintings are created using the techniques developed by the renaissance masters. She builds up the painting in a series of layers of transparent glazes and opaque veils. This creates a luminous effect and allows a brilliancy to shine out in the painting. The layering process create a depth and sense of intrigue.
Erika is able to create a rich, deep color in her watercolor paintings by adding layer upon layer of paint. This creates a vibrant glow in her paintings, which is unusual for watercolors.
Erika studied fine art in Canada, graduating from the University of Victoria with a B.F.A. and a diploma from the Instituto Allende in Mexico. She received a B.Ed. and an M.A. from the University of British Columbia.
Erika worked for many years as a teacher in Canada, Mexico, Honduras and Brazil. Her painting style emerged from her time spent around the brilliant colours in Latin America.
She then completed her master’s degree in art education from the University of British Columbia where she researched and wrote a thesis entitled, “Creating Art as an Act of Prayer,” which awakened her ability to use art as a means for self-transformation.
Erika lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
2016 Master Workshop with Artist Sharon Quirke
2016 Master Workshop with Artist Mike Svob
2015 Master Workshop with Artist David Langevin
2001-2003 Master of Arts, University of British Columbia
2000-2001 Bachelor of Education, University of British Columbia
1995-1999 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Victoria.
1997-1998 Fine Arts Diploma, Instituto Allende, Mexico
2017 Reflections on God’s Creation, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2017 Let Your Vision Be World Embracing, Squamish, BC, Canada
2017 Bicentenary Celebration, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2005 Erika Hastings, Angela James Unlimited, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2003 Artropolis International Travelling Art Exhibition, Canada and the United States
2003 Artropolis 2003, CBC Broadcast Centre, Vancouver, Canada
2002 Astonishing Silences, Northwest Philosophy of Education Society 2002 Conference, Vancouver, Canada
2001 Artropolis 2001, CBC Broadcast Centre, Vancouver, Canada
2001 Artist as Teacher, Teacher as Artist, Scarfe Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
2001 UBC Downtown Campus Opening, Robson Square, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
2000 Metaphors and Pedagogy, Scarfe Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
1999 Sacred Spaces, Bahá’í Information Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada
1999 Honouring Our Elders, School of Nations, Brasilia, Brazil
1999 Hooray 2400, Visual Art Gallery, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
1999 Photography Exhibition, McPherson Art Gallery, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
1998 Against the Grain, Visual Art Gallery, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
1998 In Celebration of Women, Rogue Gallery, Victoria, Canada
1996 Praxis Nexus, International Women’s Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
Hastings, Erika. (Artist). (2011). C. McGrath (Ed.), So Much to Share (pp. 4, 30).
St.John’s, NL: Breakwater Books Ltd.
Hastings, Erika. (Artist). (2011). Attachment Parenting International, 5(2), (Cover Art).
Retrieved from http://www.attachmentparenting.org/links/Newsletter0211.html
Hastings, Erika. (Artist). (2010, Winter). Homebirth as healer. Homebirth Magazine, (106).
Hastings, Erika. (2008). Creating art as an act of prayer. Sacred Journey, 59(5), (pp.28-31).
Hastings, Erika. (Artist). (2008). A Musical Journey [CD cover].
Hastings, Erika. (Artist). (2004). R. Hastings, Dreams for Peace (Cover art and pp. 12, 20, 25, 30, 31, 39, 44, 64, 67, 72, 79, 80, 86, 91, 97). Bloomington, IN.: X-Libris Corp.
Hastings, Erika. (2003). Creating art as an act of prayer (Masters thesis, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada).
Hastings, Erika. (Artist). (2003). A.T.Eight Artropolis Society (Ed.), The Big Picture: Artists Perspectives on Change (p. 27). Vancouver, BC.
Hastings, Erika. (2002). One night at a devotional meeting. Baha’i Canada, 14(11), 27-28.
Hastings, Erika. (Artist). (1999). Hooray 2400. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria. (pp.30-31).
Mudspice: Mucking About in Art and Motherhood, Erika Hastings, http://mudspice.wordpress.com
Genitori Channel, Barbara Siliquini, http://www.genitorichannel.it/I-figli-crescono/Primo-anno-di-vita-e-allattamento/Partito-il-Carnival-io-allatto-alla-luce-del-sole-ecco-chi-ha-partecipato.html
Attachment Parenting International, Camille North, http://www.attachmentparenting.org/links/Newsletter0211.html
Raw Journeys, Erin Loucaides, http://rawfoodcyprus.com/Events.php
Journey of Giving Birth, http://journeyofbirth.blogspot.com/2009/03/erika-hastings.html
Nursing Freedom, Paige Lucas-Stannard, http://www.nursingfreedom.org/p/carnival-of-nursing-in-public.html
Code Name: Mama, Dionna, http://codenamemama.com/carnival-nip/
Baby Dust Diaries, Paige Lucas-Stannard, http://babydustdiaries.com/2010/04/26/what-is-gentle-discipline/
Freedome Homeschoolers, Kelly Parish, http://www.freedomhomeschoolers.com/
Bacon Seed, http://baconseed.com/?p=708
Rags and Bones Music, Phillip Rosenberg, http://www.philliprosenberg.com/rags-and-bones/2011/08/songwriting-as-practice.html
Lactivist Leanings, Caroline Mahony, http://www.lactivistleanings.com/uncategorized/carnival-of-nursing-in-public-july-5-9/
Living Peacefully with Children, http://livingpeacefullywithchildren.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/food-and-feces/
Parenting Gently, Paige Lucas-Stannard, http://parentinggently.com/2cargd5/
The Parenting Vortex, Michelle Carchrae, http://www.theparentvortex.com/wordpress/how-i-learned-to-nurse-in-public/
Decent into Motherhood, http://descentintomotherhood.blogspot.com/2010/07/beware-nurse-shark.html
Ph.D in Parenting, http://www.phdinparenting.com/2008/12/30/breaking-it-down-for-facebook/
Health Home Happy, http://www.healthhomehappy.com/2010/07/nursing-in-public.html
Renaissance Woman, Tammy McLeod, http://therenwoman.com/2010/07/05/nipples-are-for-the-babies
Becoming Mamas, Merideth and Holly, http://www.becomingmamas.com/nursing-in-public-maybe-its-not-so-awkward-afterall/
Hobo Mama, Lauren Wayne, http://www.hobomama.com/2010/04/spankout-day-hitting-doesnt-help.html
Peaceful Parenting, Hanna Rodriguez, http://www.drmomma.org/2010/07/lone-lactivist.html
Love What Is, http://lovewhatis.com/2010/from-nervous-to-normal/
Connected Mom, Julian, Kayce, Jenn, Mandi, Shawna, Rachelle, Michelle, Summer and Tara, http://www.theconnectedmom.com/2010/07/oh-what-beautiful-sight-nursing-in.html
Giving Birth With Confidence, Lamaze International, http://givingbirthwithconfidence.org/2010/07/from-the-bedroom-to-the-board-room-how-i-learned-to-nurse-in-public/
Dreams for Peace, Richard Hastings, http://dreamsforpeace.wordpress.com/
Goofy Mama, http://goofymama.blogspot.com/2010/07/nip-nursing-in-public.html
Problem Solving Mom, http://problemsolvinmom.blogspot.com/2010/07/nursing-here-there-and-everywhere.html
Paisley and Pretties, http://fentonslee.blogspot.com/2010/07/words-we-choose.html
Did I Read the Fine Print?, http://jessicamomof6.blogspot.com/2010/06/breastfeeding-in-public-is-not-bad.html
Minimalist Mum, Jess Parsons, http://minimalistmum.blogspot.com/2010/07/nursing-in-public.html
Curly Monkey’s Mama, http://curlymonkeyandco2.blogspot.com/2010/07/my-mommy-makes-milk-for-me.html
Family Organic, http://familyorganic.blogspot.com/2010/07/organic-milk-for-babies.html
Making of a Modern Mommy, http://makingofamodernmommy.blogspot.com/2010/07/nursing-in-public-from-trepidation-to.html
Finding the Right Words, http://minervadamama.blogspot.com/2010/07/declaration.html
Growing With My Girls, http://mommyerin.blogspot.com/2010/07/double-standard.html
Intentional Birth, Karen Agstand, http://intentionalbirth.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/the-children-are-asking-questions/
All Natural Babies, http://allnaturalbabies.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/yes-i-nurse-in-public/
Smiling Like Sunshine, Isil, Sismsek, http://smilinglikesunshine1.blogspot.com/2011/02/painting-by-erika-hastings-who-blogs-at.html
Baha’i Views, George Wesley Dannells, http://bahaiviews.blogspot.com/2008/03/on-art-as-worship-when-thy-fingers.html
Barriga Cresente, Mariana Smidt, http://www.barrigacrescente.com.br/2009/11/blog-post_28.html
Mec as Mom: Milk Mama Diaries, http://www.mecasmom.com/2011/12/milk-mama-diaries-for-december.html
2010-2017 Homelearner Art Classes. Art classes for groups of homelearner students.
2017 Pranic Healing Volunteer. Weekly energy healing (Pranic Healing) at a free clinic in Vancouver, Canada.
2016 Meditation Instructor. Teaching groups of people how to meditate and connect to their intuition and access higher guidance.
2010-2015 Spiritual Development of Children Teacher. Weekly classes teaching spiritual development and virtues to children through arts, crafts and drama.
2007-2017 Homelearner Teacher. Teaching classes to groups of homelearning students.
2002 Including the Arts in Study Circles. Workshop series with Ruhi Institute facilitators, Vancouver Island and Greater Vancouver, Canada.
2001-2003 Art Teacher. Elementary and high school art. Vancouver School Board, Vancouver, Canada
1999 Art Teacher. Elementary and high school art. School of Nations, Brasilia, Brazil.
1999 Art Curator. Organized a school wide art competition at the School of Nations, Brasilia, Brazil.
1996-1997 Art Educator. Brought original art works from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria into the public school art classes in order to promote a deeper appreciation and understanding of art and facilitate discussions.
2001 Brissenden Scholarship in Art Education, Brissenden Foundation, Vancouver, Canada
2001 University of British Columbia Scholarship, Vancouver, Canada
2001 Walter H. Gage Bursary, Walter H. Gage Foundation, Vancouver, Canada
2001 Dorothy M. Wallis Bursary, D. M. Wallis Foundation, Vancouver, Canada