I love making things for people I love. After making gifts and projects over the years, I've discovered that the best gifts seem to be produced when you see the person it is being made for in your mind's eye (as opposed with you real eyes 'cos then you'd be creating a real mess of work, right?). Or rather, with the thought of who that gift is going to always in mind. Color choices, flourishes, ornament, and everything else that goes into the crafting of an item all come from that innermost self where your feelings for the individual are intermingled with all the doubts, fears, memories, and hopes and dreams for the future with them.
Erma has been drawing she was a small child. She received lessons in chalk pastels at age 7, taught herself calligraphy at age 11, and learned the basics of figure drawing at age 13. She became a professional calligrapher in 1995.