Erika Lieschen Treanor
Originally from United States of America, Erika was born in 1986, and from a very young age, she was passionate about drawing and exploring movement. At the age of five, her family moved abroad to Norway and for the following two decades she focused on bridging the gaps of understanding her own impact as a woman and artist. In 2008, she decided to make a career of exploring her artistic endeavors, leaving the United States on a quest to earn her Masters Fine Art from the The Slade (UCL). Exploring movement in a physical-emotional sense began to foster a curious perspective on trapped memories in the mind, body, and spirit. Making the most of traveling while developing her artistic expression, she made frequent visits to Europe driving motorsport and exploring the embodiment of being in the French countryside. It was in 2011, Erika traveled to Scotland, near the small town of Pennan, that a new path of passion unfolded - she met the Felis Bengalensis.
When she and her husband were offered two Bengal brothers to adopt, she had begun studying to become a Pilates Practitioner and her artworks took a different tone. She studied the behaviour and anatomy of other humans, which she observed for hours on end, and drew numerous studies in sketches. During this period, she studied under Elizabeth Bussey, whom specializes in releasing trauma and exploring psychosomatic movement patterns. In 2011, she launched ETpilates, a Pilates tuition that emphasizes improving biomechanics, reducing aches and pains, and developing the participation of mind-body-spirit awareness. She developed class concepts that invite the client to explore physical and emotional triggers, how to release them through use of memory, and then re-engineer movement patterns.
In winter of 2015, she went to South Africa and was awakened by witnessing the wild spirits of nature's terra, the Big Five. Unexpected emotional movement occurred and ignited a tone of empathy and need to support and ensure the ongoing population of Wild Cats. When she returned to London she would go on to develop the Felis Bengalensis series of oil paintings and hand-rolled silk twill scarves.
For three years following, she would continue to develop her studies in movement, whole body wisdom and nurturing her art discipline. In the summer of 2018, she graduated from the Craniosacral Educational Trust as a Bio-dynamic Craniosacral Therapist and most importantly she welcomed her daughter into the world.