BIO

Hi, I'm ERIKA FARKAS. Welcome to my website!
Accepting 1st Prize Award at AJAE 2015
Me and my drawing 'Dripping'
Me and some of my works
Me and my drawing 'Young and Old'
Me and more of my works

SHORT BIO

I am a self-taught visual artist, born in Transylvania, Romania, and living in Ottawa, Canada since 1987. Although I have not had a formal art training, artistic creativity has always been a big part of my life.

Since I started exhibiting my works in 2013, I have won several awards at juried local and international art exhibitions in Ottawa and online.

I am currently an active member of the Foyer Gallery, Nepean Fine Arts League, Arteast Ottawa, and Pastel Artists Canada.

I exhibit throughout the year at the Foyer Gallery, NFAL Gallery, as well as in other artistic events in Ottawa and online. An updated list of my current, upcoming, and past exhibitions ca be found on my exhibits page.

My sold and commissioned works can be found in private collections across North America and Europe.

I gladly accept commissions for people and/or pets, single or group portraits. If you would like a quote or more information, please visit my commissions website PortraitsFromPicture.com.
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ARTIST STATEMENT

Creating art has become one of the biggest joys of my life. I thrive on that feeling of urgency and excitement that I get when the creative juices start flowing through my brain and urge me to pick up a pencil, a brush, or a pastel stick and just have fun with it. Variety for me is a must, I don't like to limit my works with one style and medium. I work with graphite, charcoal, coloured, and pastel pencils, as well as with soft pastels, acrylic, oil and mixed media. Most of my works are realistic, but I also love creating abstract and surreal pieces.

After working with graphite and coloured pencils for some years, I was thrilled to discover the colourful and exciting world of pastels. I was able to achieve a much more sophisticated rendering of landscape and portrait backgrounds and able to add a foggy and a mistery element that is harder to achieve with other media.

I feel that I am only at the beginning of my artistic journey. There is so much more that I can try, so many new ways to challenge myself. This journey is worth all the hard work, because for me it is both therapeutic and emotionally fulfilling.


FAQ

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WORKS

This is a collection of my realistic drawings and paintings.
To view my abstract works, visit Abstract Art by Erika.

All
Portraits & Figures
Animals
Landscapes
Florals & Still Lives
Alter Ego

ALTER EGO

This is a graphite pencil drawing on paper, size 32" x 22".

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Cleopatra's Karma

CLEOPATRA'S KARMA

This is a graphite and pastel pencil drawing on paper, size 22" x 32".

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Aromatherapy

AROMATHERAPY

This is a painting done with soft pastels and pastel pencils on Clairefontaine acid-free pastelmat paper, size 16" x 12".

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Good Morning, Sunflower!

GOOD MORNING, SUNFLOWER!

This is a painting done with soft pastels and pastel pencils on Clairefontaine acid-free pastelmat paper, size 14" x 21".

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Close-up

CLOSE-UP

This is a drawing done with graphite pencils on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 14".

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Dripping

DRIPPING

This is a drawing done with graphite and charcoal pencils on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 16" x 20".

This drawing won three awards in recent years:
  • 2015: 1st Prize at the Arteast Juried Awards Exhibition
  • 2015: Special Merit Award at the"Figurative" international online exhibition by Light Space & Time
  • 2014: 1st Award of Excellence at the Nepean Fine Arts League's Members' Exhibition
  • 2013: was jury selected to be part of the Figureworks Exhibition


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The Painter

THE PAINTER

This is a drawing done with graphite and charcoal pencils, as well as some acrylic, on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 18" x 23".

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Commission

COMMISSION

This is a drawing done with graphite and charcoal pencils, size 8" x 10".

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Old Iraqi Man

OLD IRAQI MAN

This is a drawing done with graphite pencils, 8" x 8" in size.

The reference for this drawing was a photograph by Ali Al Nasser. Thank you Ali for letting me use your amazing photo!

This drawing won a Special Merit Award at Light Space & Time's Open Art international online competition in 2014.

The drawing has been sold.



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Still looking ahead

STILL LOOKING AHEAD

This is a graphite and charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 14" x 11".

This drawing has won a Director's Choice Award at Infinity Gallery's Figurative Art Expo international online exhibition in 2013.

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Summer Joy

SUMMER JOY

This is a painting done with soft pastels on paper, size 12" x 16".

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Coming Undone

COMING UNDONE

This is a painting done with soft pastels on paper, size 12" x 16".

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Goddess

GODDESS

This is a painting done with soft pastels on paper, size 12" x 16".

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Sir Anthony

SIR ANTHONY

This is a drawing done with graphite pencils on white drawing paper, size 10" x 8".

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Angie

ANGIE

This is an oil painting on canvas, size 16" x 20".

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Femme fatale

FEMME FATALE

This is an oil painting on masonite board, size 16" x 20".

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Girl with a Dragon Tattoo

GIRL WITH A DRAGON TATTOO

This is a mixed media painting on wood cradleboard, size 14" x 11" x 1.5".

The painting is currently available for purchasing at the Kevin Dodds Gallery, 1101 Bank St, Ottawa.



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Almost Three

ALMOST THREE

This is a charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 14" x 11".

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Freckled Beauty

FRECKLED BEAUTY

This is a graphite and charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 10" x 8".

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The Rose

THE ROSE

This is a charcoal and coloured pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 10" x 8".

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My Mother

MY MOTHER

This is a graphite and charcoal pencil drawing representing my mother, on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 8" x 10".

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My Father

MY FATHER

This is a graphite and charcoal pencil drawing representing my father, on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 8" x 10".

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My Brother

MY BROTHER

This is a graphite and charcoal pencil drawing representing my brother, on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 10" x 8".

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Water

WATER

This is a graphite and charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 14".

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Deep-rooted bittersweet memories (Self-portrait)

DEEP-ROOTED BITTERSWEET MEMORIES (SELF-PORTRAIT)

This is a graphite and charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 11".

This drawing is part of my private collection and is not for sale.



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Sylvie

SYLVIE

This is a graphite and charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 14".

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Father's Pride

FATHER'S PRIDE

This is a charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 14" x 11".

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A Lady Forever

A LADY FOREVER

This is a graphite and charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 14".

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A picture from my childhood

A PICTURE FROM MY CHILDHOOD

This is a graphite, charcoal, and coloured pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 14".

This drawing has won 3rd Prize at Arteast Ottawa Juried Awards Exhibition in 2013.

The drawing is part of my own private collection and is not for sale.



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Ode to Summer Rain

ODE TO SUMMER RAIN

This is a graphite and charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 15".

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The Dude

THE DUDE - JEFF BRIDGES

This is a charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 14".

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Seductive Hands

SEDUCTIVE HANDS

This is a graphite pencil drawing on white drawing paper.

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Rose Offering

ROSE OFFERING

This is a charcoal and coloured pencil drawing on white acid-free Strathmore drawing paper, size 14" x 11".

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Happy Poppy

HAPPY POPPY

This is a drawing done with charcoal and coloured pencils on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 8" x 10".

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Beauty in my Palms

BEAUTY IN MY PALMS

This is a graphite, charcoal and coloured pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 14" x 11".

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Touch of Generations

TOUCH OF GENERATIONS

This is a graphite and charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 14" x 11".

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Tenderness

TENDERNESS

This is a graphite and charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 14" x 11".

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Angie

ANGIE

This is a coloured pencil drawing of my daughter Angie at the age of 5. It is on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 14".

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Red Panda

RED PANDA

This is a pastel painting done with soft pastels on acid-free velour pastel paper, size 16" x 12".

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True King

TRUE KING

This is a pastel painting done with soft pastels on black Strathmore acid-free paper, size 12" x 16".

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Wild

WILD

This is a pastel painting done with soft pastels on sandy Canson acid-free paper, size 16" x 12".

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Deer Family

DEER FAMILY

This is a pastel painting done with soft pastels on sandy Canson acid-free paper, size 16" x 12".

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Conjugal Visit

CONJUGAL VISIT

This is a drawing done with graphite pencils on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 14".

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Family Outing

FAMILY OUTING

This is an acrylic painting on wood cradleboard, size 8" x 8" x 1.5".

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Leopard

LEOPARD

This is a drawing done with soft pastels on tinted Canson acid-free drawing paper, size 12" x 16".

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My dog Panda

MY DOG PANDA

This is a drawing of my dog Panda, done with graphite and charcoal pencils on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 8" x 10".

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Tigers in the Snow

TIGERS IN THE SNOW

This is a drawing done with soft pastels on tinted Canson acid-free drawing paper, size 16" x 12".

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A Cheetah Kodak Moment

A CHEETAH KODAK MOMENT

This is a drawing done with soft pastels on acid-free drawing paper, size 14" x 11".

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Commission

COMMISSION

This is a graphite pencil drawing on white acid-free Strathmore drawing paper, size 11" x 14".

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Elephant

ELEPHANT

This is a graphite and charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 14" x 11".

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Snow Leopard

SNOW LEOPARD

This is a graphite pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 14".

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Out for a Stroll

OUT FOR A STROLL

This is a drawing done with soft pastels on tinted Canson acid-free drawing paper, size 16" x 12".

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Majestic Peacock

MAJESTIC PEACOCK

This is a drawing done with soft pastels on tinted Canson acid-free drawing paper, size 16" x 12".

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Zebras in Mist

ZEBRAS IN MIST

This is a drawing done with soft pastels on tinted Canson acid-free drawing paper, size 16" x 12".

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Commission

COMMISSION

This is a graphite and charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 14".

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Commission

COMMISSION

This was a commission work, drawn with graphite and charcoal pencils on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 15".

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Commission

COMMISSION

This was a commission work, drawn with graphite and charcoal pencils on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 8" x 10".

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Commission

COMMISSION

This was a commission work, drawn with graphite and charcoal pencils on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 8" x 10".

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Commission

COMMISSION

This was a commission work, drawn with graphite and charcoal pencils on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 8" x 10".

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Commission

COMMISSION

This was a commission work, drawn with graphite and charcoal pencils on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 10" x 8".

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Commission

COMMISSION

This was a commission work, drawn with graphite and charcoal pencils on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 14" x 11".

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Commission

COMMISSION

This was a commission work, drawn with graphite and charcoal pencils on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 8" x 10".

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Howling Wolf

HOWLING WOLF

This is a graphite and coloured pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 14".

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Snow White

SHOW WHITE

This is a graphite and coloured pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 14".

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Fluffy

FLUFFY

This is a charcoal and coloured pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 10" x 8".

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Wolf in Winter

WOLF IN WINTER

This is a graphite and coloured pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 11" x 14".

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Tiger

TIGER

This is a charcoal pencil drawing on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 10" x 8".

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Dog Sledding in Alaska

DOG SLEDDING IN ALASKA

This is a painting done with soft pastels on acid-free Clairefontaine pastelmat paper, size 21" x 14".

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Homeward Bound

HOMEWARD BOUND

This is a painting done with soft pastels on acid-free Clairefontaine pastelmat paper, size 12" x 16".

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Waterfall

WATERFALL

This is a painting done with soft pastels on acid-free Cannon pastel paper, size 14" x 21".

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Riverside in Fall

RIVERSIDE IN FALL

This is a painting done with soft pastels on acid-free Cannon paper, size 20" x 16".

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Sunset at the Lake

SUNSET AT THE LAKE

This is a drawing/painting done with soft pastels and pastel pencils on acid-free Cannon pastel paper, size 16" x 12".

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Colourful Wilderness

COLOURFUL WILDERNESS

This is an acrylic painting on wood cradleboard, size 8" x 8" x 1.5". It is framed in a white floating frame.

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Fall River

FALL RIVER

This is an acrylic painting on wood cradleboard, size 8" x 8" x 1.5". It is framed in a white floating frame.

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Winterscape

WINTERSCAPE

This is an acrylic painting on wood cradleboard, size 8" x 8" x 1.5". It is framed in a white floating frame.

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Cabin in the Woods

CABIN IN THE WOODS

This is an acrylic painting on wood cradleboard, size 12" x 16" x 1.5". It is framed in a white floating frame.

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Sunset over Poppy Field

SUNSET OVER POPPY FIELD

This is an acrylic painting on gallery-type canvas, size 18" x 24" 1.5".

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Seascape Series

SEASCAPE SERIES

These are acrylic and mixed-media paintings. The largest one is 16" x 20" and the two small ones are each 8" x 10".

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Sunset over Lavender Field

SUNSET OVER LAVENDER FIELD

This is an acrylic painting on gallery-type canvas, size 24" x 18" 1.5"

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Horseshoe Falls, Niagara

HORSESHOE FALLS, NIAGARA

This is an acrylic painting on a gallery-type canvas, size 30" x 24" x 1.5". No need for a frame, as the sides are painted over.

I am always blown away by the Niagara falls every time I visit there. In my painting, I tried to capture the magnificence of the horseshoe falls side of it. I wish I could also add the tumultuous noise that accompanies the water as it falls more than a hundred of feet below.. it's really something to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

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Moonlight Sonata

MOONLIGHT SONATA

This is an acrylic painting on canvas, size 14" x 14".

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Forest Stream

FOREST STREAM

This is an acrylic painting on canvas, size 16" x 20".

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Birch Forest

BIRCH FOREST

This is an acrylic painting on a wood board of size 16" x 12" 1.5".

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Fire in the Sky

FIRE IN THE SKY

This is an acrylic painting on canvas, size 12" x 16" x 1.5".

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Sunset with grass

SUNSET WITH GRASS

This is an acrylic painting on canvas, size 24" x 12" x 1.5".

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Watermelon Medley

WATERMELON MEDLEY

This is a painting with soft pastels and pastel pencils on pastelmat paper, size 16" x 12".

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Roses and Cheeries

ROSES AND CHERRIES

This is a painting with soft pastels and pastel pencils on pastelmat paper, size 16" x 12".

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Apples

APPLES

This is a painting with soft pastels and pastel pencils on pastelmat paper, size 16" x 12".

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Burning the Incense

BURNING THE INCENSE

This is a painting with soft pastels and pastel pencils on pastelmat paper, size 16" x 12".

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Poppies

POPPIES

This is a painting with soft pastels on paper, size 8" x 10".

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Magnolia

MAGNOLIA

This is a drawing/painting done with soft pastels and pastel pencils on acid-free Cannon pastel paper, size 16" x 12".

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Fall Rhapsody

FALL RHAPSODY

This is a drawing done with coloured pencils on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 8" x 10".

This drawing won a Special Merit Award at Light Space & Time's Nature Art international online competition in 2014.

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Maple Leaves

MAPLE LEAVES

This is a drawing done with coloured pencils on white Strathmore acid-free drawing paper, size 8" x 10".

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Lilacs

LILACS

This is an acrylic painting on canvas, size 8" x 8".

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Sunflowers in Vase

SUNFLOWERS IN VASE

This is an acrylic painting on canvas, size 8" x 8".

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Sunflower

SUNFLOWER

This is an acrylic mixed media painting on canvas, size 8" x 8". The centre of the flower contains some black glitter.

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Wildflowers

WILDFLOWERS

This is an acrylic mixed media painting on canvas, size 8" x 10".

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Poppy Fantasy

POPPY FANTASY

This is a mixed media painting on canvas, size 20" x 16".

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Red Callas

RED CALLAS

This is an acrylic painting on wood cradleboard, size 24" x 24" x 1.5". It does not require a frame, as the sides are painted over.

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Poppies and Blue Sky

POPPIES AND BLUE SKY

This is an acrylic painting on wood cradleboard, size 12" x 16" x 1.5".

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Poppies 1

POPPIES 1

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Purple Roses

PURPLE ROSES

This is an acrylic painting on wood cradleboard, size 8" x 8" x 1.5". It does not require a frame, as the sides are painted over.

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Poppies 2

POPPIES 2

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Poppies 3

POPPIES 3

This is an acrylic painting on wood cradleboard, size 8" x 8" x 1.5". It does not require a frame, as the sides are painted over.

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Spring Blossom

SPRING BLOSSOM

This is a watercolour painting with some coloured pencil touches on white Strathmore acid-free paper, size 8" x 10".

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CURRENT EXHIBITS

Upcoming Exhibits
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My works can be found throughout the year at the Foyer Gallery







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PAST EXHIBITS


SOLO SHOWS

2017    "ARTISTIC EXPLORATIONS", Foyer Gallery, Ottawa

2016    "SUMMER SPLENDOUR", Ottawa Public Library, St. Laurent Branch

2016    "A TAPESTRY OF COLOURS", Heartwood House, Ottawa

2015    "A TAPESTRY OF COLOURS", Café 111, Ottawa City Hall Building

2015    "FIGURATIVE MIX", Blackburn Hamlet Public Library, Ottawa

2015    "PENCIL WORKS", Juried show, NFAL Gallery, Ben Franklin Place, Ottawa

2014    "ARTIST OF THE MONTH", 25One COMMUNITY, Ottawa

2014   "PENCIL WORKS", The Table, Ottawa

2014    "TENDER MOMENTS", Lunasole, Ottawa

2014    "PENCIL WORKS", Irene's Pub, Ottawa



GROUP SHOWS

2016   "ART MIX" - Group Focus Show, Foyer Gallery, 1701 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa

2016    NFAL VOLUNTEERS' EXHIBITION, Atrium Gallery, 101 Centrepointe Dr., Ottawa

2015    "FIGUREWORKS" - JURIED SHOW, St Brigid's Centre for the Arts, Ottawa

2015    OTTAWA ART ORGANIZATION'S MEMBERS' CHOICE AWARDS, Ottawa Little Theatre, Ottawa

2015    "AS IS" (with Eiko Emori, Rob Huntley, and Yves Jardon), Foyer Gallery, Ottawa

2015    NFAL ANNUAL AWARDS EXHIBITION, NFAL Gallery, Ben Franklin Place, Ottawa

2015    "MOSAIC"- JURIED SHOW, Trinity Gallery, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa

2015    "SILVER CELEBRATION", Arteast Promenade, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa

2014    OTTAWA ART ASSOCIATION'S MEMBERS' CHOICE AWARDS, Ottawa Little Theatre Gallery, Ottawa

2014    ARTEAST 2013 WINNERS' EXHIBIT, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa

2014    "FIGUREWORKS 2014" - INTERNATIONAL JURIED SHOW , St. Brigid Centre for the Arts, Ottawa

2014    ARTEAST JURIED AWARDS EXHIBITION 2014, St. Laurent Complex Gallery, Ottawa

2014    "SUMMER PLEASURES", François Dupuis Centre, Ottawa

2014    SOCIETY FOR ART OF IMMAGINATION'S SHOW, Orange Gallery, Ottawa

2014    "INSPIRED MOMENTS", Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa

2014    NEPEAN FINE ARTS LEAGUE'S"MEMBERS' NIGHT SHOW", Atrium Gallery, Ottawa

2014    "TORONTO ART FOR PEACE", Moniker Gallery, Toronto

2014    "SPRING MIX" (with Aline Joanis, Susan Ashbrook,and Linda Dyson), St. Laurent Complex, Ottawa

2014    "ARTISTIC REFLECTIONS", Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa

2014    OTTAWA ART ASSOCIATION'S JURIED AWARDS, Ottawa Little Theatre, Ottawa

2014    "ART MIX" - FOCUS SHOW (with Dhanashri Bapat, Terry Cowan, and Michael Parkin), Foyer Gallery, Ottawa

2014    "MOSAIC", Trinity Gallery, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa

2014    3rd CARLETON COMMUNITY ART EXHIBITION, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa

2013    OTTAWA ART ASSOCIATIONS' PEER AWARDS, Ottawa Little Theatre Gallery

2013   "FIGUREWORKS 2013" - INTERNATIONAL JURIED SHOW, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts, Ottawa

2013    "TOUCHED BY FIRE" - JURIED SHOW, Artscape Wychwood Barns, Toronto

2013    ARTEAST JURIED AWARDS EXHIBITION 2013, St. Laurent Complex Gallery, Ottawa

2013    "ANIMALS ART" - INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION, Light, Space & Time Gallery (online)

2013    "FIGURATIVE ART EXPO" - INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION, Infinity Art Gallery (online)

2013    "SELECTIONS 2013" - JURIED SHOW, Trinity Gallery, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa

2013    NEPEAN FINE ARTS LEAGUE'S"MEMBERS' NIGHT", Atrium Gallery, Ottawa





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AWARDS



  Special Merit Award for 'Alter Ego' at Light Space & Time's Open Theme international online competition, 2017

  Special Merit Award for 'Homeward Bound' at Light Space & Time's Seasons international online competition, 2017

  Viewers' Choice Award for 'Orbit' at Foyer Gallery's Artistic Inspirations show, 2017

  3rd Members' Choice Award for 'Aromatherapy' at Nepean Fine Arts League's Annual Awards Exhibition, 2017

  Viewers' Choice Award for 'Purple Dreamland' at Foyer Gallery's Art Mix focus show, 2016

  Special Merit Award for 'Leopard' at Light Space & Time's Nature international online competition, 2016

  Special Recognition Award for 'Radiant' at Light Space & Time's Figurative Art international online competition, 2016

  1st Prize in Works on Paper for 'Dripping' at Arteast Juried Awards Exhibition, 2015

  Special Merit Award for 'Dripping' at Light Space & Time's Figurative international online competition, 2015

  Special Merit Award for 'Inner Depth' at Light Space & Time's Abstracts international online competition, 2015

  Viewers' Choice Award for 'Through the Wisteria Forest' at Foyer Gallery's As Is focus show, 2015

  Special Merit Award for 'Old Iraqi Man' at Light Space & Time's Open Art international online competition, 2014

  Special Merit Award for 'Fall Rhapsody' at Light Space & Time's Nature Art international online competition, 2014

  3rd Prize in Works on Paper for 'Deep-Rooted Bittersweet Memories (Self-Portrait)', Arteast Juried Awards Exhibition, 2014

  1st Award of Excellence in Works on Paper for 'Dripping', Nepean Fine Arts League's Members' Night Exhibition, 2014

  Special Merit Award for 'Freckled Beauty' at Light Space & Time's Figurative Art international online competition, 2014

  Special Recognition Award for 'Shattered' at Light Space & Time's All Women international online competition, 2014

  3rd Prize in Works on Paper for 'Angie', Ottawa Art Association's Members' Choice Awards, 2013

  3rd Prize in Works on Paper for 'My childhood picture', Arteast Juried Awards Exhibition, 2013

  Director's Choice Award for 'Still looking ahead', Infinity Gallery's Figurative Art Expo international online exhibition, 2013

  Special Recognition Award for 'Elephant' at Light Space & Time's Animal Art international online competition, 2013

  Honourable Mention and 2nd Members' Choice Awards for 'Young and old'), Nepean Fine Arts League's Members' Night Exhibition, 2013

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FAQ

An Interview of Myself

I assembled below answers to some questions that I often get asked. If you would like to ask me a different question, or you are just curios about me or my work, feel free to contact me.

1. How long does it take you to do a portrait drawing from a picture?

The length of time depends on the size of the drawing, and on the degree of difficulty of the subject. I don't like to dwell on a drawing for long, so if I start it, I want to finish it in the shortest possible time. For instance, a single portrait of size of 8" x 10" with white of black background takes me about 6-12 hours, which I often divide over 3-4 evenings or a weekend.

2. How long have you been drawing?

I started drawing in 2012 when I reached 50 years of age. Why did I wait until then? Good question! I guess, life took me on a different path until then and I had other priorities. I did experiment a bit with acrylic abstract painting a few years back, but I wasn't very good at it and I didn't feel the drive to improve and continue on that path. When I started pencil drawing, I realized that this was where my true passion lied.

3. Did you take any drawing classes?

I did not take any art classes at all. I researched some drawing techniques online, and then I just started drawing and developing my own technique. There is so much free information and so many online tutorials about any aspect of drawing, that I really see no point in paying for a course. I am pretty much self-taught in several other things, such as web design, graphic design, digital art, and so on.

4. Approximately how many drawings did you do to date?

Since 2012, I completed about 150-200 human and animal portrait drawings, I don't have an accurate number, but it's something in that range. Out of those, about 100 are exhibition-worthy, but only because in the beginning I used cheap quality paper that now is all yellowed-up. Now I use acid-free paper that will not yellow with time.

5. Do you also draw from live models?

At present time, I do not draw from live models. To get to the desired level of realistic detail that I like to achive in my portraits, it would be very time comsuming for both myself and the posing model. I prefer to draw from a picture, and then I can take my time to capture all the fine lines and the facial expression of the subject as realistically as possible.

6. Do you offer any drawing workshops?

Not just yet, but I am thinking of developing some video tutorials on drawing to post on YouTube and on my website.

7. What is it that attracts you to pencil drawing?

Unlike when I use a brush, I have total control over my pencil, which feels like an extension of my finger(s). I can do very detailed work with a pencil, and it feels more intimate and rewarding. Back in 2012, I discovered pencil drawing as an art form and it blew my mind. I could not believe some of the awesome hyper-realistic works that people achieved with pencils, erasers and some blending tools. I felt so inspired that I wanted to do similarly awesome works right away, so I kept pushing myself until I got to an acceptable level. I feel that I still have lots to learn and accomplish. I am a perfectionist, after all….

8. Do you also draw in colour?

I did a few drawings with coloured pencils, and I discovered that I had even more to learn in that field. Drawing with coloured pencils require different techniques. The hardest part is blending the colours, which can only be achieved by layering colours on top of one another. Getting the right shade of a colour is quite the work, especially with cheap quality pencils, like I started with… But if you do get the colour right, it's quite the fun.

9. Do you also accept national/international commissions?

I accept commissions from outside the Ottawa area, but shipping charges will apply extra to the price of the drawing.

10. What happens if the client does not like the finished drawing?

I will try to make as many corrections as possible to the drawing, until the client is satisfied. If all my efforts fail, I will retain the deposit for the work I've done, and the client is not obligated to purchase the drawing.



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