Artist Lisa Ericson is Creating Surreal Animal Paintings

Lisa Ericson is an illustrator and designer who is using her talents to paint different animals in magical, surreal environments. Her latest series mostly focuses on animals like deer, flamingos, and turtles, who are all emerging from crystal blue water and are surrounded by colorful plants and corals.

Ericson’s unique style can be easily recognized because she places all of her colorful compositions against a black background for a more dramatic effect.

So what was her inspiration to create these magical paintings?

“My ideas are often science-inspired, but with a surreal twist. I may read or hear about a scientific or environmental phenomenon and it provides a kernel of inspiration which can lead to a painting or an entire series,” the artist wrote on her website.

“I think of the animals in my paintings as simultaneously representing the natural world and also reflecting our own human struggle and emotion. I like to draw parallels between the two.”

Ericson’s paintings are done in acrylics on wood panels and she sometimes needs a month to finish one piece. However, thanks to her talent and exquisite technique, the animals she’s painting look so real.
Take a look at her artwork below.