A painter for more than 25 years, Erika received her Fine Art Degree from University of California, Santa Barbara. Her distinctive translation of the devotional folk art of Retablos and Ex-Votos that flourished in Mexico during the 19th century has been the focus of her work since her first visit.

Erika has painted over 500 of these small works over the past seven years. Her work is collected both nationally and internationally. Her yearly show in Santa Barbara is greatly anticipated by her many collectors and admirers. In 2010 she founded XO GREETINGS, a collection of greeting cards and small prints of her coveted Retablos, with the hope of sharing these inspired works with a greater audience.