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I’m Erica. I’m a writer, researcher, and illustrator.

I spend a lot of time writing and creating just for my own personal enjoyment, but I also write professionally for publications and private clients. I’ve done a few pieces of commissioned artwork, but I mostly illustrate for fun (although I’d love to change that!).

You’ll find links to many of my published journalism articles, academic papers, blogs, and artwork on this site.

I plan to continue expanding the content of this portfolio, so please reach out to me if you want to discuss any writing or illustrating projects you think I could help with!


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How to become a pro at thrift-store shopping

Stepping into a thrift store is like being thrust into a fluorescent-lit forest of mixed clothing patterns.

Smart ways to save

It’s totally possible to get some items you want without waiting for months or spending a lot of money—you just have to be a little more creative about it.

Dyeing your hair with henna

Henna is a cost-effective, natural, and beautiful way to dye your hair.

Artist Jennifer Campbell takes viewers on a journey away from reality

Her paintings depict characters “from both the leisure class and the fringes of society,” in realistic, rich oil tones.

Risque, perhaps, but ‘all in good fun’

Matthew Rose is a collage artist who prefers to explore humans’ fascination with sexuality all the way down to the dingy and gaudy pages of adult magazines.

Nifty, thrifty: Extreme couponer turns hobby into second job

Brandt, an “extreme” couponer,  uses her coupons not only to save money on her own groceries, but also to buy excess items and sell them at her shop.