Erin Sullivan Art and Design

Baltimore, Maryland · 4 Sales


Erin Sullivan Art and Design

Baltimore, Maryland 4 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Anonymous on Aug 16, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Drawing was absolutely beautiful! Erin was extremely easy to work with and managed to handle a tight deadline for me. We love it and can not wait to hang this in our living room!

Anonymous on Dec 17, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

This is even better in person! I love it! And the turn around time was quick.


paintings. made by hand, inspired by life.

Hi, I'm Erin...thanks for stopping by! I've been painting ever since my middle school days when I was inspired by a teacher who re-wrote my way of thinking about art. I grew up primarily in Dallas but have spent the last, ahem, 12 years doing a whole bunch of stuff in the DC metro area.

The majority of my frames are hand made by my dad (see how great he is to the right), which allows me to paint on unusual sizes and depths. I am drawn to recycling materials, many of my frames are stretched with an upcycled shower curtain, pillowcase, name it. Then, I paint directly on that surface. I am also drawn to vintage papers and can see this in much of my recent work.

I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Roanoke College in 2000 and studied in Florence, Italy at the school, Lorenzo de’ Medici and I've completed courses at The Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC.

[ in no particular order: ]

[ inspired by architecture, history, textiles, pattern, texture, nature....every day is an inspiration of some kind which makes for an anxiety induced existence, but lots of fun ]

[ I love the smell of old books ]

[ After college, I worked in marketing / sales/ advertising for communities in the DC area. In my last job I worked for a small company and had my own little gig designing model apartments, staging apartments for ads and working on the repositioning of rental communities in DC. I loved it ]

[ After 9/11, I decided life was too short. I packed up my desk and threw my fears to the wind. I opened a small store in downtown Frederick, MD selling my art, home decor items and custom art. It was a life changing experience...but I was young, naive and....darn broke ]

[ I love old towns with quirky antique stores ]

[ I worked for The Bozzuto Group for many years, one of my favorite jobs was working on the side of their homes division in the design studio. I helped home buyers pick out everything from their flooring, countertops, light fixtures, name it. So fun! When the housing market went did my job ]

[ When I paint, I feel heart pounds and I get excited ]

[ Snapdragons might be my favorite flower, next to peonies ]

[ When my daughter was born in 2010, I chose to leave my career to focus on family and my real passion, art ]

[ If I could do something else, in another life, I might work on broadway as a set designer.......or maybe I could be a dancer on Broadway. Or maybe not, flexibility was never my strong suit when I was a gymnast growing up. SO, a set designer...and I would travel the world. ]

[ Since having a baby I have no fear. I have never been more inspired in my life. I've had quite a bit of experience professionally and personally while, owning my own business, being out of work, having a child....I have really learned that no amount of money can make you happy if you don't have passion ]

I love custom work! email me and we can work together to create something 100% unique:

erinsullivanartanddesign [!at]

Hey! What's with the name?

When I had my shop after 9/11 and I was trying to come up with a name for it. My grandmother gave me a list she thought would be "appropriate" for the store. Apropos was among them and became the name. It stuck. It's never too late to pursue your just have to start.

Thus, an apropos beginning it is.....enjoy.

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  • elms

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    I simply love to paint and create. BFA from Roanoke College, studied at the school Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence, Italy and have taken courses at The Corcoran in Washington, DC. Painting makes me feel love.

  • frame designer, my dad, "bapa"

    Frame Designer

    This is my dad. He's a pretty great one...he is very smart, enjoying his semi-retirement out in the country while golfing a lot. He is an engineer which means he is incredibly detailed and understands how to make things. He makes my frames!

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Last updated on June 17, 2011
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I love creating pieces that dramatically affect the mood of a space and take you to another place in your mind. All pieces are original and signed by me.


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It is most important to me that you are pleased with your purchase and your original painting is something you will love for many years to come.

If you are at all unhappy with your purchase, please contact me within one week of receiving your piece and I will be happy to issue a refund.

Item must be returned in original packaging.
We accept PayPal only. Payment must be recieved at time of purchase.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns regarding payment.

Once payment is received, items will be shipped within 2-3 business days. If there is a delay due to travel I will let my customers know.


Paintings are packaged as securely as possible with several layers to avoid any potential damage during shipping.


Items are shipped via UPS ground for secured delivery. Items will be insured. Ship within USA only at this time.
Additional policies and FAQs
All pieces are signed ELMS, which are my initials. Each piece will be accompanied with business card.

I love commissioned work! Please contact me with what you have in mind, any photos pertaining to the project, etc. and I will be happy to give you my feedback. I require 50% of final cost up front on commissioned work.

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