I am a 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 degree in electrical engineering.  A career in Information Technology with the City of Ottawa left me with little room for artistic endeavours.

My eye-opening moment was when I turned 50 and I realized that life was too short to let my dreams go to waste. 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.

Having started out late in life, I was interested to try out different media: graphite, charcoal, coloured and pastel pencils, acrylic, oil, resin, often mixing several of them together for an enhanced visual effect.  I experimented with styles from realistic to abstract, and even 3D collage.  But in the end, I always seem to return to what really started me on this path: realistic pencil portraiture and figurative art.  Although working with a brush or a palette knife have their own merit, there is no better feeling for me than the control I have over a pencil guided by my steady hand.

I am mostly self-taught, having developed my own drawing and painting techniques.  To further chisel my portraiture skills, in 2017 I had the privilege of taking a week-long advanced realism workshop with hyperrealist Dirk Dzimirsky in his studio in Warmsen, Germany, where I learned a few tips and tricks of graphite pencil drawing. A few years later, another week-long workshop with Canadian artist and teacher  Martinho Correia,  introduced me to Caravaggio’s realistic oil painting techniques and his use of chiaroscuro.  Both experiences strengthened the core foundation which I can build upon to express my own figurative style.

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.  Since my retirement from the City in early 2022, I have been a full-time artist and able to finally be what I feel I was truly meant to be.

Artist Statement

We can only see what our perception allows us to see. Distracted by meaningless details, we are often missing the whole picture.  My philosophy is that we humans have at least two conflicting sides: a conformist, needing-to-fit-in side that we show to the world (depicted as monochrome in my art), and a hidden, rebellious, more colourful side we ourselves often ignore, but evident to those who know us deep down. These sides intertwine and merge into our personality without a tangible boundary. This duality defines us as unique and complex human beings.

What inspires my art is the beauty of my perceived reality. I can see so much beauty in the intricacies of the human figure, in the emotional power of a gesture, in the smile of a ragged old face, in the innocent expression of a child, in the seductive glance of a person, if I don’t just look with my eyes, but also with my heart. Capturing and sharing the essence of this beauty through my artworks has become my life’s passion and gives me tremendous joy and complete emotional fulfilment. 

 

Gallery Affiliation

Foyer Gallery
1701 Woodroffe Ave
Ottawa, ON, Canada

 

Online Store

My own online store is currently off, but some of my works can be purchased at:

Foyer Gallery Shop
Hello Art Shop

People & Pet Portrait Commissions

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