Erika LeBarre has always been exposed to art one way or another as she grew up. Her father worked as a car designer for the big three until he retired and her mother was and still is a ceramicist. Erika's parents always encouraged her creative side. Drawing was her favorite thing to do especially dinosaurs and monsters as subject matter. Erika graduated from the College for Creative Studies in 1990 with a BFA in illustration. She worked at an art studio with other illustrators and designers for over four years. Since then she has worked as a freelance illustrator out of her home.