We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Gilliatt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I believe the most important factor behind my success is my work ethic, which is reflected in my artwork itself. I have always taken pride in my professionalism and I believe it has gotten me to where I am today. As an artist my work is a direct reflection of myself, and I feel that it conveys my imagination and creativity in ways that words cannot.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I recently graduated from the University of North Texas in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography. I currently work full-time as a photographer and photo editor in the DFW area. In my personal work, I’ve explored many themes from the abstract nature of photography to the different ways in which we document our surroundings. I’ve also enjoyed working in different mediums such as digital photography, film photography, cyanotypes, and other non-traditional methods of image-making. To me, both the physical and mental processes of image-making are equally as important as the end result.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are a lot of things I enjoy in the DFW area. I’m always in search of the best rooftop or view of the city. If I’m spending time outside, I like going to Klyde Warren Park. They have a lot of great food trucks to choose from, as well as plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors. For dining options you can never go wrong with good food and good wine. Some of my favorite restaurants include Sixty Vines and North Italia.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my close group of friends and family. Without their support, I wouldn’t be where I am today. They push me out of my comfort zone, and pick me up when I’m down. I also want to dedicate this to my mother, Debbie, who is my biggest cheerleader. She always celebrates my success as if it were her own.
Other: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The photo of me in downtown Dallas was taken by one of my good friends, Jesse Perez. All of the other photos are examples of my personal work.