Erin Callahan Blum - Artist
Erin Callahan Blum

Who Am I?

Erin Callahan Blum has always enjoyed expressing herself through drawing and painting.  Taking this gift and career planning advice, she pursued a degree in Commercial Art at Milwaukee Area Technical College.   The decision paid off, because she was able to find immediate employment after graduating in the Art Department at Fort Howard Paper Company in Green Bay, WI.  She then married and moved to Minneapolis, MN where she worked in the Art Departments of Lithosmiths and then Watt Peterson Advertising and Printing.   After the birth of her first child, she began in earnest to explore the world of watercolor.  Taking classes and producing gifts for friends and family helped her to grow into a confident watercolor artist.  Before her second child was born, Erin and her husband were transferred to Milwaukee, WI and bought a home in Grafton, WI.  Watercolor then became her artistic pursuit and outlet  As time has opened up, Erin has added acrylic paintings to her portfolio as well.

Because of her background in Commercial Art, she became interested in offering her paintings to a wider audience, which lead her to have Giclee’ prints produced. This natural progression also gave her the opportunity to affordably price these fine-art prints.

Erin considers it a gift to be able to create art and beautify the area she lives in.  She has been an active member of the Grafton Public Arts Board since it began in 2010, currently serving as Chair.  She is also a member of the Cedarburg Artists Guild, the League of Milwaukee Artists, and Wisconsin Visual Artists.

Some current works and works in progress are posted on Erin Blum’s Instagram page.

  • Over 40 Years Experienced Artist
  • 3 Galleries Display My Works
  • Numerous Awards
  • Watercolor Instructor in Wisconsin
  • Commercial Art Background

Some of my highlights

    “I generally work my colors in layers, from light to dark, keeping the white of the paper and never using white paint. Instead of black paint, I use many layers of single colors, or mixtures of colors, creating a luminous feel to the finished dark tones. Sometimes I will use a more direct painting method, applying intense pigments in one step per area, sometimes dropping in others for effect.”
    “I enjoy being with family and friends. When not painting, I may be enjoying a bicycle ride, cross country skiing or walking.”