Erik was a gifted and talented artist. He graduated with a degree as graphic design major and a minor in web design, illustration, sculpture, print making, musician. He loved to create beauty and loved to enjoy creation. He was an artist and also was a gardener, a landscaper, a luthier, a woodworker, a painter, a handy man, loved animals, and most of all a wonderful son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. He approached life as an explorer who longed to teach about what he had discovered.