I am a self-taught Canadian artist with Transylvanian roots living in Ottawa since the late 1980s.  Immigrating to Canada 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.  A career in Information Technology left me with little room for artistic endeavours.

My eye-opening moment was when I turned 50 and I realized  life was too short to let my dreams expire. So, I picked up a pencil and started drawing. I began exhibiting my figurative pencil drawings a year later and has won since several awards in local and international art exhibitions. Constantly on the lookout of new excitement, I work in a wide range of media: graphite, charcoal, pastel, acrylic, oil, resin, often mixing several of them together for an enhanced visual effect.  I am equally drawn to a variety of styles and genres, from realistic to abstract, from surreal to collage.  I need the variety, I cannot settle with just one style and one medium. There is so much out there that I still haven’t tried, and that keeps my creativity striving for new heights. Luckily, I am retired now, so I have all the time in the world to test my artistic boundaries.

I try to be active member of several art organizations in Ottawa and participate in various shows and other artistic events in Ottawa and online. I exhibit throughout the year in selected Ottawa community and commercial galleries, most notably at the Foyer Gallery. For obvious reasons,  exhibition venues have been much diminished in the last couple of years, but hopefully, we will see better times in the future.

Self-portrait

I am inspired by the beauty of our perceived reality. I can see so much beauty in the smile of a ragged old face, in the innocent expression of a child, in the seductive glance of a person, in the emotional power of a gesture, in the magnificence of the natural world, in the serenity of a still-life, if I don’t just look with my eyes, but also with my heart.  Capturing the essence of this beauty has become my life’s passion and gives me tremendous joy and complete emotional fulfilment.

Gallery Representation

Foyer Gallery
1701 Woodroffe Ave
Ottawa, ON, Canada

To commission a portrait, visit my website PortraitsFromPicture.com. For any other type of commission, contact me to discuss the possibilities.

Awards

  • Viewers’ Choice Award for  ‘Dogsledding‘, Foyer Gallery’s The Glow of Winter show, 2020
  • Viewers’ Choice Award for  ‘Perpetual Beauty‘, Foyer Gallery’s The Joy of Art show, 2019
  • Viewers’ Choice Award for ‘Seascape with Shells III’,  Foyer Gallery’s  Perspectives of Nature focus show, 2019
  • 3rd Prize in Works on Paper for ‘Morning Bath at the Lake’, Arteast’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
  • 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’s 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’s 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’s 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