Erin Brinkman started studying painting from a young age while growing up in Apache Junction. Stemming from a combined love for the French language, she continued her painting studies in France for two years. When she returned to the United States, she taught French at Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy for five years and continued to paint for clients on a commission basis.
“In line with my fascination with French culture, my early work was greatly influenced by the post-impressionists, Toulouse-Lautrec in particular. I like the vividness and freedom that his work portrays both in technique and subject matter. Recently I’ve adopted more of the techniques used by the old masters; although I’ve been sometimes forfeiting spontaneity by doing it, I’m really liking the way layering the paint and glazing allows the light to pass through it,” she says.
Her style has since evolved from being impressionistic to more realistic. She began exhibiting her work in galleries in September of 2012. She has consistently kept her work in the public eye of Flagstaff ever since.