Erin Perry

Artist Biography

Erin Perry grew up in Azusa, California, and attended California State University at Los Angeles where she majored in vocal and instrumental music. She spent several years teaching music to junior high students in the Los Angeles City School District. Erin moved to the Central Coast of California in the late 1970's. She has worked at a colorful variety of things in her life besides teaching, including: playing in an all-girl jazz band, singing semi-professional opera, and, for her last 24 years, working in libraries, first in San Luis Obispo then Cambria. Erin passed away in August 2015. She is survived by her two grown daughters, Bronwyn and Jenny, and her wife, Margot Silk Forrest.

Erin studied collage with Nick Bantock, watercolor with Joy Krull, art journaling with Julianna Coles, Kelly Kilmer and L K Ludwig, book -making with Pam Sussman, and mixed media art with Seth Apter, Tim Holtz, Anne Bagby, Angela Cartwright, Sas Colby, and Lisa Renner. Erin worked extensively with Lynne Perrella, the artist she considers her mentor.

Erin's work has appeared in numerous shows in the Central Coast area including solo exhibitions at the San Luis Obispo Library, Allied Arts Gallery of Cambria, Linnaea's Cafe, and the Cambria Library. Erin's art has been published in several issues of Somerset Studios magazine, L K Ludwig's Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Media, and Seth Apter's The Pulse of Mixed Media. She has also been profiled in several Central Coast newspapers.