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Erika Manning is a multi - media visual artist residing in Mid - Coast Maine. Her work examines her deep connection to nature and to the Maine landscape. Erika’s paintings although non - representational, are directly inspired by Maine's gorgeous clear light, the colors of pine trees, ocean, and lobster buoys, as well as the shapes of rock, islands, topographical maps and boats. Although she strives for a finished piece, the beauty for her is in the process of making art. Erika starts out with beginner mind, an initial gesture and relies heavily on random acts of chance and the correct alignment of time and space. As she works, the image shifts as the rhythms and cycles of seasons, nature, earth, life and tides are evoked. The final image is always a surprise, and is a map of the passage of time, the paths taken, the colors chosen, the shapes drawn, of the emotional weather and the conversations with the piece itself.