Erika Pittman was born in a hospital, like nearly everyone else, but unlike the majority of people in this province, she was lucky enough to grow up in Rocky Harbour, smack dab in the middle of a national park.

She spent her early years running about and getting muddy, and whenever there was a crayon or a pencil nearby, doodling pictures and making cartoons. When it came time to make a decision as to what to do with her first stab at university, she decided it was best to play with mud – or clay – doodle, or paint and make artbooks.

Since getting her degree, she has shown her doodles and other assorted creations throughout the province. Other people have paid money for her creations and taken them home with them to New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

While Erika spends most of her time focused on protecting beautiful places as part of her effort to act like an adult, she does still get the opportunity to play with a little paint now and again.