wet noses and fuzzy tails…it’s all about pets this week!

This week, I’m working on a companion painting to the one above. I painted it in 2007 for Melissa Connolly and her three pets. Since then, Melissa has added two cats and a dog to the family. When the new piece is completed, she’ll hang them side by side in her home. I really love painting for repeat clients! The coolest part of this is seeing my maiden name signature (“erika jessop”) in the corner.

All of this talk about the furry members of our families has inspired me to have a big sale on pet paintings. You can commission a canvas painting (any size below) of your pet(s) alone, or have me paint your whole family. As long as there’s a creature in there, it’s 30% off!

Sizes on sale:

  • 12 x 16 inch canvas | regularly $200 | sale price $140
  • 16 x 20 inch canvas | regularly $280 | sale price $196
  • 18 x 18 inch canvas | regularly $280 | sale price $196
  • 24 x 24 inch canvas | regularly $360 | sale price $252

Here are some other favorites to get you thinking creatively!

To book, you can email me at erikaj[dot]art[at]gmail[dot]com

I hope to hear from you soon!

(gratuitous photo of Rooney)


it’s new!

Hey, look up and check out my new blog header. It was so much fun creating it in Photoshop. I heart my new tablet. It makes all of my design work SO much smoother.

Also, I made this tonight…

boy and wallpaper

…my first digital illustration. What do you think? If you’d like to commission a 5 x 7 for someone special, let me know. I’m considering offering custom digital artwork like this and I’ll offer great deals for the first clients to commission one of these little portraits. 

Email erikaj.art@gmail.com

Thanks for reading!


erika j

dream it up

“Ventresca Family” 11 x 14

This is my first watercolor in a couple of months. When these kids’ mom contacted me, I was happy she requested watercolor because I have missed it. I love creating special paintings for families like the Ventrescas because it’s so fun to tell a parent that I can paint whatever they can dream up! For this piece, that was a backdrop from her kids’ favorite game, her daughter’s cello resting on a nearby tree, and their sweet dog Sam. And of course, I can never resist putting in some lollipop trees!

Thank you to the Ventresca family for this very special commission. Love,