Old Frankenstein at Mascarade Costume Shop, painted by Erik Sunderman
Elizabeth Mercer and Erik Sunderman are an art duo originally from Oklahoma City. As self-taught artists, Erik and Liz specialize in murals and hand-painted signs, as well as each maintaining an individual body of works on canvas.
Liz and Erik’s portfolio is primarily focused on figurative artworks. The pair’s mural works are generally tailored to the needs of a particular space and business, so many of these works are abstracted or designed as patterns. Both artists seem to have an affinity for 20th-century films and the actors and characters therein, with pop-culture references appearing throughout the portfolio.
Each artist also has a portfolio section dedicated to individual works. Erik’s works are realistic and his recent choice of subjects has included numerous animals. Rendered beautifully in black and white, these paintings showcase an incredible level of attention to detail. Liz’s portfolio contains similarly photorealistic figurative works. Among her animals and human figures is the occasional exploration foray into abstraction, in combination with recognizable forms.