In an interview with Erin Rothstein, TorontoLife sat down with the artist to explore her “edgy-yet-polished” multi-functional studio and to discuss what it’s like working at home.
“About a decade ago, when Erin Rothstein was trying to figure out what to do with her art history degree, her husband, Sam Posner, suggested she try painting images of food as a fun distraction. Soon after, it turned into a full-time job. Buyers loved her oversized interpretations of kitchen staples like avocados and bacon. ‘I’ve never looked back,’ she says. Up until a year ago, she was painting in a bedroom in the Yonge and Eglinton–area home she has lived in for the past six years with Sam and their two kids. When she found out she was pregnant with their third child, meaning her painting space would need to be turned into a nursery, she decided to build her dream studio onto the back of the house.
Erin worked with architect and designer Brenda Izen of Izen Architecture to create a multi-functional studio where she could paint and host clients for meetings. The result is an edgy-yet-polished space, with a desk, a comfy lounge area and plenty of shelving to showcase her pieces. ‘My old studio was very down to business,’ she says. ‘This one is about fun and creativity and relaxation. I find that makes me more productive.’ Erin typically paints in her studio all day—from right after she drops her kids off at school until right before dinner. (‘I’m very lucky to have a nanny who helps me a lot,’ she says.) Her kids can pop in and see what she’s up to, but the room is separate enough from the rest of the house that she can focus. She and Sam will sometimes hang out there after the little ones are in bed. ‘It’s like our own private retreat,’ she says.”