"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up." ~Paul Valery
I like to say that I live my life, slipping from one dream to another. Let me explain...
For as long as I can remember, I've had dreams filled with candid imagery and raw emotion. The places, people, things, and situations my subconscious reveals fascinate me to my core — so much so, that after I get out of bed in the morning, I continue to explore my dreams through photography and digital art… which, in itself, is a dream come true.
In a way, using dreams as inspiration for tangible art blurs the line between something imagined and something real; likewise, the things I depict in my images exist in that same surreal space. I invite viewers to look closely, and they will often be rewarded with a surprise — things aren’t always what they appear to be at a glance.
Commissions are a bit different — they’re always about the client, not about me, and are usually much less surreal (but no less special) than my own art. I do have one rule though: the goal of a commission must be to create a unique image, more than just a likeness, that tells a story about the subject. After all, as American photographer Paul Caponigro said, “It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
Erika Fisher is an emerging artist from the USA who currently lives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She holds a Master’s degree in International Diplomacy and worked as a writer and editor in that field for nearly a decade before successfully turning an occasional photography gig into a full-time job. As a photographer, she has experience in many areas — from shooting landscapes for stock agencies to shooting lifestyle spreads for small publications. However, a strong passion for self-expression and exploration eventually led her to replace nearly all of her commercial work with fine art, which is where she is today.
Locally, Erika has taught a variety workshops on photo editing and Adobe Photoshop; she also works to inspire others, particularly adult women, to pursue their own creative interests with full-on passion.