Erika Farkas, Self-portrait

Erika Farkas is a self-taught artist with Transylvanian roots living in Ottawa 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 left her with little room for artistic endeavours.

Her eye-opening moment was when reached the age of 50 and 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 won several awards in local and international art exhibitions. Constantly challenging herself, Erika currently works in a wide range of media: graphite, pastel, acrylic, oil, resin, often mixing several of them together for an enhanced visual effect.

Erika participates in various artistic events in Ottawa and online. Her works, including a great number of commissioned portraits, can be found in private collections throughout North America and Europe.  For more info on commissioning an artwork, visit her website PortraitsFromPicture.com.

Artist Statement

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 emotional fulfillment.

Email: erika_farkas@yahoo.ca

Artist Website: https://www.erikafarkas.com