Erika Rier is a fine artist and illustrator working mostly in inks and paints on paper in a style she calls folk surrealism. She has spent her life immersing herself in art and textiles. She spent many years oil painting and also as a clothing designer. Writing was her first love and she still secretly writes science fiction but never poetry anymore. Having lived in Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, NYC, and Arizona, and Washington state; Erika now resides in Portland, OR. She also has one of each of the following: a husband, a daughter, and a cat.