About Us


Barn and Town features art from Erin Vincent, an artist living in working in the Northwest corner of the United States. Erin says that if you visit this corner of the world, you will see farms, fields and some of the most beautiful old barns you have ever seen. Erin spends her life with three kids, her husband and a very energetic Aussie-doodle named Rose.

 

The Beginning

Hi, I’m Erin Vincent. I am a painter living and working in the far Northwest corner of the continental United States. 

It’s not a stretch to say that I grew up covered in paint. I was never happier as a kid than when I was making something. And, oh, the things I would make. For example. I once orchestrated a perfume stand for the sale of crushed flower petals mixed with water carefully decanted into ziplock bags. Bless those neighbors who snapped up those creations.

Early Years

Then there was the time I created a line of greeting cards that I very boldly expected Hallmark to gobble right up. So firm was my conviction on this point that I actually mailed the company a collection of cards to which they responded with a very kind and gentle "no."

One of my favorite memories of creativity in childhood was using allowance money to make copies of a script of the Sound of Music that I found at the local library. Precious summer days were spent "directing" performances. The neighbors (man, these were patient people) purchased tickets and sat through the result of that endeavor. Oh, my.

I spent my childhood floating in my creative state.

Passion in Art

After high school I attended the Art Institute of Seattle where I found inspiration in real painting instruction and Graphic Design. The painting stuck...the Graphic Design? Not so much. I left art school BUT the training did give me important skills that I have used throughout my life and career, so I consider it to have been time well spent.

Unfortunately, leaving art school meant a bit of a dry spell for art. I worked hard at other things including pursuing a Paralegal degree, then a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and a Masters in Public Administration from Eastern Washington University. I got involved in politics. Honed my skills in PR and Communication. Learned how to help people tell their stories and, thankfully discovered my own story when I picked art back up in 2014.

The Present

My best work comes to me in hurried dreams – it’s a little like a rushed conversation with the universe. Sometimes I am able to translate these conversations to quick notes and drawings. Sometimes I keep the idea file in my head where any new additions rattle around and bump into other ideas until they eventually make it onto canvas. What spills out is whimsy. Abstract. Colorful. It is story and motion and shapes.

Art always means SOMETHING. To me, my art helps me to preserve the things that bring me joy – animals, fields full of spring grass, old barns and big cities. Each piece includes a little of what I have learned as an artist and a passion for the universe around us. I have a deep interest in “home” and I try to tell that story through my artwork.

Some of the same people that supported me in my childhood by buying mashed up bags of floral petals and homemade greeting cards have cheered me on throughout my art journey and I am so very thankful for them.

Please get in touch if you see a painting you would like to own, have a dream for a commissioned painting or are interested in a class.