Elvis Art by Sandie Erreca

Elvis Art by Sandie Erreca


My journey as an artist has been lifelong. My family moved several times when I was a child and I went to four elementary schools. I don’t recall when I first started drawing, but I do remember winning first place in a Sacramento Bee newspaper kids drawing contest. During the middle of 4th grade, we moved to Las Vegas, and I remember sitting in the back of the classroom and drawing faces with my school issued number two pencil.

That summer we moved again, this time it was back to my hometown of San Diego. My parents recognized my artistic talent and signed me up for an art class in Spanish Village in Balboa Park. When I entered junior high school, I took school art classes, and in 8th and 9th grade I was working on the school annuals.

After that my memory of my interest in art is fairly vague. It seems my artistic interests took a different turn. At San Diego City College, I did take a drawing class, but I also took theatre classes. Over the years, I acted in ten plays and costumed over twenty plays. I also worked as a seamstress and dresser for the San Diego Opera and several road productions, including Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof, Grease and La Cage Aux Folles.

Leaving San Diego behind in 2003, I moved to Northern Michigan and continued to be involved in several community theatre productions. The winters are long and cold in Northern Michigan, and many months are spent sequestered inside, so I started drawing again. It was surprising to discover my talent for drawing was still there. At first I started using colored pencils and moved onto pastels, graphite and charcoal. After posting my work on social media, I acquired several commissions, and now my work is in the United States, Italy and England.

Living on the East Coast has placed me in the proximity of several amazing art museums. I’ve taken several solo trips to visit these museums, including the Chicago Institute of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Barnes Foundation. Endless hours have been spent walking the floors of these museums.
I was especially taken with the 18th century pastel portraits at the Chicago Art Institute. These exquisite works on paper have survived in perfect condition for well over three hundred years!

Several months ago, I started drawing Elvis Presley portraits. The internet is flowing with thousands of photos of this gorgeous man. There are endless supplies of of photo references to draw from. Remembering the night I saw Elvis in concert in 1970 in San Diego, and being in his presence, was the spark that ignites my passion not only for this man, but for art itself.

Elvis Pop Art

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Elvis Art 4 Sandie Erreca

Elvis Art 3 Sandie Erreca

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Elvis Art by Sandie Erreca