Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co.  |  The Daily Times


This story appeared in The Daily Times’ ShoreLife section in February 2013.

Salisbury artist draws inspiration from Eastern Shore

Name: Erick Sahler of Salisbury

What type of art do you create?

I design and print limited-edition silkscreen prints featuring the icons and institutions of the Eastern Shore.

Describe your work:

Screen-printed artwork in general employs bold designs and bright colors, which makes it look contemporary alongside more traditional media like oil and watercolor paintings. On the other hand, there is a sense of nostalgia in my designs and typography that harkens back to the WPA posters of the 1930s. I call it “Eastern Shore art for the rest of us.” I draw all my designs, as well as all the stencils for my screens. Each print is pulled by hand, one color at a time, and it often takes a week or more to complete a series.

When did you start making your work?

Erick Sahler Serigraphs was launched in September 2011, and over the past 15 months I have created more than 24 different prints. I started my graphic arts career at age 16, and for six years designed and printed T-shirts for Chesapeake Screen Printing in Salisbury. I also created illustrations, graphics and page designs for The Daily Times for more than 20 years.

What inspires you?

My love for this place. My family has been fortunate to travel much of the U.S. in recent years, and I always return home thinking how lucky I am to spend my life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Everything from the beach to the bay, from the Ocean City Boardwalk to the Delmar stock car races, from Chesapeake Bay retrievers to Chincoteague ponies, makes up who I am, and I want to celebrate it all through my work.

What are the challenges of creating your art?

I have been blessed that the creative process comes easy to me. I don’t say that in a bragging way. It is a gift and I am grateful for it. My challenges come from the mechanical aspects of producing my work: designing the separations so that the print turns out the way I envision it. Registration has to be precise so all the colors line up properly, and temperature and humidity variances during the print run create huge changes in the paper. Each print is an organic thing and I learn a little bit more about taming them every time I do a run.

Do you make a living through your art?

I do. The growth of the business over the past year has exceeded my expectations. That said, I knew when I walked away from my full-time job after 22 years that it would be a challenge, and my family made adjustments. However, I must say, in launching a new art career on the Eastern Shore during the Great Recession, it was never about making a living -- it was about making a new life.

Do you have a job outside of your art?

No, I make art, do shows and manage the business full time. And then some.

Who is your favorite artist?

Growing up, it was Charles M. Schulz and Norman Rockwell for their artistic ability as well as their storytelling. As a young man, it was the pop art compositions and bright colors of Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. In recent years, I have come to appreciate the sheer beauty in the paintings of William-Adolphe Bourguereau and the misunderstood genius of Paul Cézanne. And always, there has been C. Keith Whitelock, who not only taught me how to draw and paint, but to see the Eastern Shore as a special place worthy of preservation through art.

Where in the community can your work be seen?

My work will be on display at the Better Living Expo & Craft Show at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury from Friday through Sunday. Is is also featured at Bishop’s Stock in Snow Hill, Bungalow Love in Berlin, Sundial Books in Chincoteague, and Sunnyside Shop in Cambridge.

What do you think the Eastern Shore can do to improve its arts scene?

Compared with many parts of the U.S., the Eastern Shore already has a thriving arts community. Many towns have vibrant galleries and regular exhibits and performances, and we are surrounded by superbly talented musicians, performers, writers and visual artists. To improve, I’d like to see more collaboration and promotion of each other across the various groups. Consider a visual arts show during intermission of a Salisbury Symphony concert or performance of “The Nutcracker.” Or a preview of an upcoming children’s theater production before a Community Players performance? Or a reading by a local writer or poet before a dinner theater production at UMES? The opportunities are endless, and it would be a tremendous way for all of us in the arts to connect and bolster one another.


Bayside Gazette — “Erick Sahler to unveil Berlin serigraph” (March 2015)

Beach to Bay Times — “Featured artist: Erick Sahler Serigraphs” (August 2013 and July 2014)

Berlin-West Ocean City Life — “Silkscreen artist captures iconic Eastern Shore images” (August 2013)

Coastal Point — “Silkscreen artist Erick Sahler to debut Fenwick print at Artisans Fair” (September 2015)

Coastal Style — “Smooth as Silk: Erick Sahler’s nostalgic silkscreens add “Regional Pop” to the Shore” (May 2016)

Daily Times/DelmarvaNow — “Salisbury artist draws inspiration from Eastern Shore” (February 2013)

Delmarva Almanac — “Artist Interview: Erick Sahler” with video (August 2013)

Go! Magazine — “Serigraphs as serious art on display” (May 2012)

Maryland Coast Dispatch — “Students Get First-Hand Look at Artist at Work” (September 2016)

Metropolitan Magazine — “Q&A with Local Artist: Erick Sahler” (January 2014)

Office of the Governor — “City of Salisbury presents print to Maryland governor” (April 2015)

Old Line Plate — “Interview: Erick Sahler Serigraphs Co.” (October 2015)

Salisbury Independent — “Erick Sahler: The future is bright” (October 2014)

Salisbury Independent — “Erick Sahler elected to Society of Illustrators” (November 2015)

ShoreBread Magazine — “Big and bold: Erick Sahler Serigraphs” (December 2012)

Tidewater Times — “About the Cover Artist: Erick Sahler” (June  2014 and May 2016)

USA Today — “Sahler serigraph celebrates Assateague Lighthouse” (May 2014)

Wall Street Journal — “Former editor creates limited-edition silkscreen prints” (December 2012)

WBOC-TV “DelmarvaLife” — “Delmarva Treasure: Erick Sahler Serigraphs” (February 2014)

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