Erika Craig is currently pursuing a Teaching Credential in Art at California State University Long Beach. She earned her BA in Studio Art at CSU Channel Islands in 2012. While there, she studied art abroad in Paris, and interned at an animation company in Los Angeles. Since she was a teenager, she has dealt with chronic pain that affects her daily life, and at times her ability to paint. Part of her work draws from a sense of isolation, and feeling trapped by limitations. Time alone with her canvas is meditative and healing, and she has realized her own fundamental need to keep creating.