Erica has been interested in artistic materials and techniques since she could hold a paintbrush and her love of varied media led her to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B. F. A.) at Washburn University, Topeka, KS where she focused her curriculum on ceramics, painting, printmaking, and stained glass.
Erica began her career in Art Conservation after moving to Detroit, Michigan in 2007, examining and treating easel paintings and frames at Conservation and Museum Services. She studied Art Conservation at Buffalo State, State University of New York, specializing in paintings conservation.
Prior to joining the West Lake team, Erica worked as a conservation fellow for the Indianapolis Museum of Art researching, examining, and treating old master paintings. She has held graduate internships at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Helen Houp Fine Art Conservation in Dallas, Texas, and The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, MI. Additionally, Erica spent a month in Amarna, Egypt where her work as a project conservator involved the rewarding and challenging stabilization treatment of 3,000 year old polychrome wooden coffin fragments.
Erica is very excited to be joining the team at West Lake Conservators.