Sometimes, just understanding “why” we do things is truly eye opening. I kept asking God, “why do I keep making this art?” And over the past several days I found myself looking deeper into each piece. What I started to see was revelatory! 

When creating images, I don’t see just a portrait or a scene from nature. I see a breath of them joining and mingling together as if one. It’s as if there is something invisible in this mingling. I can not see it but sense it is there. It’s something divine that can’t be fathomed.I keep creating more images, not for the images themselves but for another glimpse into this mystery. It’s looking into another realm. A realm within the tension of change and surrender of heart. I see not with eyes that view the obvious, portrait or flower, but with eyes that see the hidden and the unknown. My inability to grasp it is what keeps me creating more.

Erika Masterson
December 8, 2021

Erika Masterson is a Fine Art Photographer, living her dream between two worlds, a lakeside cabin tucked in the Southern Appalachian mountains and a quiet beach town on Florida’s east coast.Erika and her husband Ed have 4 children and one granddaughter. Her children are often seen in her artistic works.

She received her degree in photography from the Southeastern Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1990. In 1999 opened her own commercial portrait business and has been working the past 20+ years in California and Florida.

In 2012 Erika expanded her Art including many exhibits and awards. Her most recent accolades; Solo Exhibition Soho Gallery New York; the Co-Jurors Choice award by Joyce Tenneson under the theme “The Intimate Portrait”; She was chosen as a Julia Margaret Cameron finalist for her series “A Message for my Daughter” and was selected as Black and White Magazine’s Portfolio Spotlight winner for her series Sara’s Sojourn.

Her quiet and soulful images have been published in numerous magazines such as Black and White Magazine 2014 & 2017, Victoria Magazine 2000 & 2016, Silvershotz Magazine, Shots Magazine, 5×5 Magazine, Bella Grace Magazine, Raine, Shadow & Light and In-Style Magazine. Erika recently has her images being sold around the world and on greeting cards with Palm Press and book covers. She has also self-published 4 books with her series of work.