About Erica Ramsey

Erica Ramsey (also known as Erica Ramsey-Bowen) is a Children's Book Illustrator, Muralist, and Fine Artist. She and her husband, Scott Bowen, reside in Smyrna, Georgia. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Erica is a graduate of the UNCSA (formerly North Carolina School of the Arts) and the Savannah College of Art and Design (formerly the Atlanta College of Art). Her first published illustrated children's book, "A No Don't Day" written by Carla Wright-Jukes, is in final pre-press development and due for publication in December of this year.

Themes of African-American history with strong Southern motifs abound in her works, coupled with a keen sense of visual storytelling and sly touches of humor. Artists who have had a direct influence on her work are Ernie Barnes (who also hailed from her hometown of Durham, N.C.), John Steptoe, Chris Van Allsburg, Henry Ossawa Tanner (depicted within the "Les Artistes Noirs" print), Edgar Degas, Neil Gaiman and Nick Bantok.

As her mother is French Creole, hailing from Louisiana, Erica says she felt, "a sense of pride, delight, and ownership in helping see this print ("Les Artistes Noirs de France") become reality - there is a tie that I feel to all of the individuals depicted within this image. It was a chance to pay these historical figures my respect in a medium I find most enjoyable and at the same time, a chance to provide support to the beautiful mission of the Church of the Incarnation and the E.L.E.V.A.T.E. George Melies event."

You can follow Erica on social media; her Facebook page is "Erica's Paintings and Works in Progress @SouthernPainterChic” and also on Twitter: EricaRamsey@PeachEPawtraits.