I am a self-taught Canadian artist with Transylvanian roots living in Ottawa, the beautiful capital of Canada.

My greatest passion lies in the portraying of the human form. There’s something about the way the body moves and the emotions it can convey that continues to fascinate me. Whether through a stroke of a brush or a simple pencil line, I find myself drawn to exploring these nuances and complexities.   I connect with my subject on a deep level, trying to convey their essence and personality by observing every detail, every line, every shade. It truly is a profound and rewarding experience to create a representation of someone’s essence, and the connection I feel with the figure is something that stays with me long after the artwork is finished.

Working in series, which is a collection of similar works, allows me a deep exploration of a specific theme or concept, enabling me to delve into the nuances and possibilities within that framework. In 2023, I created my Waterworks series, a collection of water-themed oil paintings.  In these works, I aimed to evoke a sense of energy and movement surrounding the main figure immersed in water or underwater, while trying to depict the fluid translucency of the water itself using techniques ranging from impressionism to hyperrealism. Water-themed figurative works have an enduring appeal for me that continue to captivate me, and hopefully I can convey this feeling and emotion to the viewer.

More recently, I started a new series called Altered Realism. By blending traditional black and white portraiture with surreal and abstract elements, I aim to push the boundaries of artistic expression and to invite viewers to question their own perceptions of reality. The juxtaposition of classic beauty with surreal elements hopefully creates a captivating and thought-provoking experience for the audience, allowing them to explore my new dimensions of creativity and interpretation.

As an active member of several art organizations in the Ottawa area, I exhibit throughout the year in selected community and commercial galleries, most notably at the Foyer Gallery, Carleton Place Gallery, and more recently at the Santini Gallery. Visit the Exhibits page for a list of my current and upcoming exhibits.

My sold works and commissions have found their forever home throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

Awards

  • 1st Place Award,  Works on Paper for Thinking Cap’, Arteast Ottawa’s Juried Awards Exhibition, 2023
  • Honourable Mention for Holding On To The Dream, West Carleton Arts Society’s Spring Fling, 2023
  • 3rd Place Award, Works on Paper for ‘Morning Bath at the Lake’, Arteast Ottawa’s Juried Awards Exhibition, 2018
  • 1st Award for Excellence, Judges’ Choice Award, 1st Members’ Choice Award for ‘Alter Ego’ at Nepean Fine Arts League’s Annual Exhibition, 2018
  • 3rd Members’ Choice Award for ‘Aromatherapy’ at Nepean Fine Arts League’s Annual Awards Exhibition, 2017
  • Special Merit Award  for ‘Homeward Bound’ at Light Space & Time’s ‘Seasons’ international online competition, 2017
  • 1st Prize in Works on Paper for ‘Dripping’ at Arteast Ottawa’s Juried Awards Exhibition, 2015
  • Special Merit Award for ‘Old Iraqi Man’ at Light Space & Time’s Open Art international online competition, 2014
  • 3rd Prize in Works on Paper for ‘Deep-Rooted Bittersweet Memories (Self-Portrait)’, Arteast’s Juried Awards Exhibition, 2014
  • 1st Award of Excellence in Works on Paper for ‘Dripping’, Nepean Fine Arts League’s Members’ Night Exhibition, 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’s Juried Awards Exhibition, 2013
  • Director’s Choice Award for ‘Still looking ahead’, Infinity Gallery’s Figurative Art Expo international online exhibition, 2013
  • Honourable Mention and 2nd Members’ Choice Awards for ‘Young and old’, Nepean Fine Arts League’s Members’ Night Exhibition, 2013

 

Gallery Representation

Santini Gallery
422 1/2 Preston Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Foyer Gallery
1701 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Carleton Place Gallery
210 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada

Online Shop

To purchase an artwork, please visit my Shop.

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