Ehrlich received his BFA from Connecticut College in 1976. Several years later, he traveled to Japan where he lived in a monastery and studied classical pottery making for five years. On his return to the U.S., he studied at the Kansas City Art Institute for two years and then the Rhode Island School of Design for another two years.
His paintings are regularly exhibited in premier galleries across the country. Since 1985, he has had more than 30 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows in cities such as Boston, New York, Atlanta and Seattle. In 1999, he was selected for Outward Bound: American Art on the Brink of the 21st Century, which presented the work of 100 American artists in an exhibition that traveled to major venues in China, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim, including museums in Beijing, Shanghai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Singapore and Manila. He was also invited to participate in an exhibition of Korean and American painting at the Art Museum of the Sejong Center for Performing Arts in Seoul, Korea, in 2005.