About the Artist

My name is Erika, and I am the artist at Desert Hippie Arts and the instructor at Paint Pour Academy. My grandmother was a professional oil paint artist, and she gave me a love for art. She gave my sister and me drawing classes during our time as children. As much as I loved watching her and her work, I quickly found that drawing and structured painting were not for me. When my kids were little, I started scrapbooking, and I found myself falling in love with mixed media art. In 2017, I discovered acrylic pouring, and I loved how unpredictable this technique was but how enjoyable it was to experiment with the paint. I was hooked!

Desert Hippie Arts started as a family-based business at our kitchen table. I had so much fun creating art that I decided to start selling it at outdoor events and to close friends. The response was excellent, so I decided to offer in-person classes to show others how they can create their beautiful masterpieces. The in-person classes had a tremendous response, but they are limited to my hometown, Tucson, AZ. I decided to take the next step and offer online courses with additional information and techniques, such as Resin Art and creative gift ideas.

Erika Tenney
paint pouring
This is my family, Geof, Sarah and Adam. They help me with the classes, parties, and events and they help support all of my crazy ideas.
Erika Kandra 2016
This is my sister, Kandra, who helps me with my websites and keeps me pointed in the right direction.

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