Month: September 2013


The Keyhole Collection: Handmade Art Jewelry Necklaces by Erin Fickert-Rowland | Elysian Studios

“Within you is the power to do anything…with confidence and inspiration, you unlock the possibilities”

Introducing the first five pieces in
The Keyhole Art Jewelry Collection:

Verdigris Garden

©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland

Love Is the Key

©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland

Unlock Possibilities

©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland

Treasure in the Tide Pool

©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland

Rhinestone Cowgirl

©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland

Each necklace has been lovingly handcrafted with special attention to artisanal details, such as wire-wrapping, hand-knotting, natural gemstones, handmade beads, and rich material textures.  Every design is original and exclusive to Elysian Studios. Each piece is one of a kind.

To see detailed images and more information about each necklace, please click on the photo or title links for each piece.  You will be directed to my new Art Jewelry Necklaces Shop at  

Please feel free to stay and explore the new site!

Now my portfolio, paintings, jewelry, Etsy, prints and news are all in one convenient location on the web!


Inspired by the Tallgrass Prairie- Flint Hills Landscape Series | Elysian Studios

The expansive sky, swaying grasses, and rolling hills
of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in the Flint Hills of Kansas
create a beautiful landscape and an inspiring ecosystem. 

 Learning about the diverse vegetation, rich soil conditions, native animal populations, and land management of the precious Tallgrass prairie inspired these painterly landscapes with a modern twist.  Each painting features a dynamic composition, lush color, richly painted texture, and highlights a key component of the Flint Hills ecosystem. 

The Promise of Return- Bison of Flint Hills

©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland, 12 in x 12 in, oil on canvas

Once numbering 60 million, herds of Bison were a crucial component of the Tallgrass Prairie ecosystem. Their specific grazing preferences enhance the prairie landscape. Populations were decimated by humans, but are now being successfully reintroduced.

Sunshine Underground- Flint Hills, KS

©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland, 12 in x 12 in, oil on canvas

A graphic interpretation of the 70-80% of the Tallgrass Prairie’s biomass that exists underground. A dense network of deep roots creates extremely rich soil for the prairie ecosystem.  This rich soil is highly valued by farmers, as it produces bountiful crops.

Harmonious Landscape- Flint Hills, KS

©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland, 12 in x 12 in, oil on canvas

An abstracted interpretation of the Tallgrass Prairie landscape, where the ecosystem thrives because of the healthy relationships between vegetation species and environmental conditions.

Cumulus Clouds Over Flint Hills

©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland, 12 in x 12 in, oil on canvas

An expansive sky of quickly moving clouds over recently mowed prairie grasses in the Flint Hills of Kansas. “Haying” is a method of controlling growth of dominant grasses and encouraging plant diversity in the landscape.

Though I am an artist working in the Denver, Colorado area, I recently had the opportunity to visit the Flint Hills on a trip to see family. I was deeply impressed by this beautiful land and the importance of its preservation and restoration. 

I explore both traditional and abstract imagery in my art, and I wanted my paintings of the Flint Hills to reflect my passion for this unique landscape. I believe art should be an expression of both nature and the artist, so I have used traditional techniques to create imagined scenes which are true to nature yet have creative graphic elements specific to my own vision. 


Here I am on site working on sketches and collecting photographs and research before starting the paintings back in the studio!


Cumulus Clouds Over Flint Hills Included in 2013 Visions of the Flint Hills Art Benefit Show | Elysian Studios

“Cumulus Clouds Over Flint Hills” ©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland, oil on canvas

I am very proud to announce that one of my new paintings,

“Cumulus Clouds Over Flint Hills, ” has been accepted to the

2013 Visions of the Flint Hills Art Benefit Show

at Buttonwood Art Space in Kansas City, Missouri!

The show will open October 4 and run through November 29, 2013, and will showcase artwork inspired by the beautiful landscape of the Tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills region of Kansas.  This region has the most dense coverage of intact Tallgrass prairie in North America.  Partial proceeds from the sales will benefit the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and Flint Hills of Kansas.

I will have the opportunity to travel to the show around Thanksgiving, and can’t wait to see it!