“In my early teens, I came across these fun, little toxic lead figures called “space marines” in a small comic store. I wasn’t very good, but I painted diligently while listening to the likes of Def Leopard. It was the 80’s after all. And there wasn’t much else to do in those cold Buffalo winters.  I enjoyed entering in the local model shows when i could. While at college I put painting toy soldiers aside. Then I got involved in automotive refinishing and custom bike airbrushing. My interest in painting was rekindled after happening upon a games workshop store. Since then I’ve managed to place in several golden demon and crystal brush competitions. Now I hope to expand into the realm sculpting.”

Rich Erickson, NOCF Artist Consortium Since 2016