ERIKA GUILLORY PAGE
Erika Guillory Page is an artist specializing in large scale oil paintings on wood panel. For over 15 years, she has brought vibrant and emotional narratives to life through her art, sharing her passion as shaped by her own experiences.
Born in 1972 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Page began a journey that would be filled with intrigue and veiled adversity. From her childhood as a warden’s daughter to her early career in health care to her current life as an artist, wife, and mother, life has gifted her with collections of stories that unfold in her paintings.
Though her heart longed for self-expression, there was little opportunity for in-depth fine art study growing up in rural Louisiana. Her professional path first led to a career in nursing, where she practiced in the ER and ICU at hospitals in Louisiana, Virginia, and Georgia. Working with the ill and suffering as a BSN, RN, and massage therapist has profoundly influenced her work.
After her marriage and the births of her two daughters, Page found her voice in painting. She has studied with instructors and mentors such as Charles Walls, Michael David, and Cynthia Packard. “Storytelling is the very soul of my work,” Page remarks. “My desire as a painter is to share each story and make each mark with integrity. I hope my work is full of grit and grace, and that my stories connect with yours.”
Page’s signature work is large scale paintings, utilizing oil paint and cold wax on wood panel ranging up to ten feet in size. She also produces intimate scale oil crayon drawings on paper and other original works. Her work has been featured in exhibitions and private collections across the US. She currently lives and works in Milton, Georgia, juggling the full-time jobs of mother and artist.
Included in the our current show is the artist’s trademarked Word Weaving® series. These intimate oil crayon drawings emerged from what Page characterizes as a frenzy of journaling. In these complex, layered works on paper, every stroke in the work is a written expression of overlapping text from poems, letters, song lyrics, and original writings.