Erika Farkas with her drawing “Alter Ego”

I am a self-taught Canadian artist, born in Transylvania, Romania, and living in Ottawa.  Immigrating to Canada at a young age at a time when hi-tech was booming drove me to pursue a technical training, from which I graduated with a degree in electrical engineering.  Although life’s reality took me on a different career path, artistic creativity has always been a part of my life. However, it took me a while to take it more seriously.

At the age of 50, I decided to fulfill my biggest dream. As my dreams of becoming a ballerina or an opera singer were no longer feasible, (for obvious reasons), I started working toward my more realistic goal: becoming a drawing and painting artist.

The internet opened the world to me, and I fell in love with works by contemporary hyperrealist drawing artists Dirk Dzimirsky and Paul Cadden.  I could hardly believe that someone can do such amazing work with a pencil. Therefore, I had to try it out myself.  I started drawing portraits from photos, and within a year, I must have drawn close to a hundred drawings. As I drew more, my confidence increased to the point that I had joined several, if not all, art organizations in Ottawa. Through these organizations, I got to exhibit my best drawings in group shows, and later in solo shows.

To this day, I continue to draw realistic drawings with graphite and charcoal pencils, but I also paint with pastels, acrylic, oil and multi media in realistic, surrealistic and abstract styles. I love them all, and deciding which style and medium to pursue is a big dilemma for me. But in the end, why should I restrict myself to one style and medium? I don’t strive for the stars, and I do not want to become a commercial artist that only creates to sell. Sure, it feels great when I do sell one of my works. It feels great because I know that the buyer appreciates not only the artwork itself, but also the effort, passion, and creative vision that I poured into my work. And for me, that feeling is priceless.

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

Although I cannot devote as much time as I would like to, as I still have a full-time career, I am currently an active member of the Foyer GalleryNepean Fine Arts LeagueArteast Ottawa, and Pastel Artists Canada.

My works can be seen throughout the year at the Foyer GalleryNFAL Gallery, as well as in other artistic events in Ottawa and online. My sold and commissioned works have found good homes in private collections across North America and Europe.



Erika Farkas with her drawing “Dripping”

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.

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.

Interested in my work? Read two online interviews about my art at the links below.