Erika Farkas is a self-taught artitst born in Transylvania, Romania, and living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada since the late 1980s. Moving to Canada at a time when hi-tech was booming drove her to pursue a technical training, from which she graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. A career in Information Technology and raising a child as a single mom left her with little room for artistic endeavours.
Her eye-opening moment was in 2012, when she realized life was too short to let her dreams expire. So, she picked up a pencil and started drawing. She began exhibiting her figurative pencil drawings a year later and has won several awards with her realistic portraits in juried local and international art exhibitions in Ottawa and online.
In 2017, she attended a week-long intensive workshop in Germany with the renowned German hyperrealist artist Dirk Dzimirsky, learning advanced techniques of achieving a high level of realism in pencil portrait drawing, techniques she continues to apply to her artworks.
In following years, she took an interest in mixed media and acrylic painting, including pastels and oils because they appealed to her love of colour and gave her the ability to be more versatile and more balanced as an artist.
Erika is currently an active member of several art organizations in Ottawa. She participates in various juried and unjuried shows and other artistic events in Ottawa and online. She exhibits throughout the year in selected Ottawa community and commercial galleries. Her works, including a great number of commissioned portraits, can be found in private collections throughout North America and Europe.
I have been relentlessly searching for new ways to combine different types of media for a more engaging viewer experience. For an enhanced realism, I apply pigmented resin layers over my acrylic paintings to render a 3D look that conveys motion, perspective, and depth. In some of my paintings, I combine the glass-like high gloss of resin surface with a variety of textures created with modeling paste, rocks, pebbles, sea shells, and sand. My intent is for people to experience my paintings from a perspective that appeals to both senses: sight and touch.
I feel that I am only at the beginning of my artistic journey. There is so much more to discover, so many new ways to challenge myself. This journey is worth all the hard work, because for me, it is both deeply therapeutic and emotionally fulfilling.
For portrait commissions, please visit my website PortraitsFromPicture.com for further details and to place an order.
If you have a different type of commission in mind, such as an abstract or a relief mixed media painting, please contact me to discuss the possibilities
1701 Woodroffe Ave.
Nepean Sportsplex, Entrance 1
Ottawa, ON, K2G 1W2, Canada