Always trying something new with any available material, Chris Erskine transforms tiny scraps into fantastic assemblages and collages. Although she lives in Michigan, much of her work seems to have a Southwestern flare: tiny shrines, pins, & ornaments crafted with meticulous detail. A big fan of recycling, Chris often embellishes tin cans or cigar boxes with found objects to honor not only religious figures, but cultural heroes as well. Her metal work is often intricately decorated with tiny dots of solder. She says a turning point in her artistic life came the day she purchased a soldering iron and “went to work on a sardine can.” Chris has also taken up painting, and we are always happy to share her new work in any medium.
Chris is a passionate advocate for animals & an active participant in her local animal rescue organization. While caring for her own clan, she also takes in furry foster children who are awaiting permanent homes. She became a local sensation with a portrait she painted of a rescued dog named Ellie with her new adoptive mom, calling attention to the plight and potential of unwanted animals. See more about Chris, Ellie, and the portrait (not for sale) below.