Erin McGee Ferrell
Tourism Artist. LIVE Art, Plein Air Oil Paintings, Technology, and Retail to promote City Tourism
Job Tourism Artist Philadelphia/ Portland, ME / Philadelphia/ Portland, ME Tourist Attractions
Lives In Portland Area
My paintings are not created behind closed doors. They are created on the streets of Philadelphia and Portland, Maine. I invite you to watch me work as I stand my easel on the Ben Franklin Bridge, the Art Museum steps, and on the sidewalks of the Italian Market. Come explore the coast of Maine and the woods of New Hampshire with me and my easel. The adventure and process of creating the art is as exciting as the product. Look for me in the crowded markets, the tourists’ destinations, and famous landmarks. While my adrenaline pumps, large colorful oils on canvas are created in these people and scenery rich places.
I take time lapse photos of my canvases while I paint. Then I create videos which are posted on Social Networks linking the subject of my art to the place it was created and the way I depicted it. This brings my process as an artist to a world audience; virtually traveling to the Philadelphia/ Portland area and experiencing what it is like to be with my painting on the streets.
Why did you choose Portland? Artistic and tourism city. Close to Boston and New England resort areas.
What do you like to do with out-of-towners? Take them Sketching around the area.
Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? Empire Beauty School to sketch and receive a $10 facial.
What's the most surprising thing about this city? Nice People. 2 degrees of seperation. Easy to make connections and do business.
What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? Nickelodeon Movie Theater
What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? Empire Beauty School
Describe your perfect night—and the following morning—in Portland. Dinner in Portland, qalk the Back Cove, movie at Nickelodeon...sunrise at Two Lights, doughnuts at Holy Donuts..and brunch at Hot Suppa!
Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, Falmouth, ME
I teach story writing throughout Greater Portland and connect published authors with student writers.
I write fiction, short stories, and poetry. Lately, it's mostly haiku inspired by what I dream about at night.