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Conversations with Erinn Schultz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erinn Schultz. 

Hi Erinn, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
When I was 3 years old, my grandmother who was an artist, gave me my first sketchbook. By 6 I was going door-to-door selling crayon drawings. I continued to take as many art classes as I could throughout my school years, going on to earn a BFA in Fine Art from College for Creative Studies, then a Master of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State University. 

Between teaching, raising a family, homeschooling our 4 children, and dealing with health issues, I had little time for art. It was my husband who encouraged me to make time for my art. Little by little I’ve been refining my skills and defining who I am as an artist. It’s been a wonderful journey rediscovering such an essential part of who I am. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My biggest challenges have been fear of not being “good enough”. Or that there’s not enough space for me. It can be paralyzing coming into the studio because of the fear of failure. It truly inhibits the creative process. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
When I first began, I primarily painted abstract landscapes. But in the past few years, I’ve been more drawn to the impressionistic style. I combine vintage color palettes with a clean, contemporary aesthetic. My primary inspiration is nature. 

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
Although I currently live near Flint, my college years were spent in the heart of the city. Art is everywhere in the city, from cozy galleries to the DIA, old church spires, and alley-way graffiti. The city is alive with creativity. 

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