Erika is a self-taught visual 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. Although life’s reality took her on a technical career path at the City of Ottawa, artistic creativity has always been a part of her life.
Her eye-opening moment came in 2012, when she realized that life is too short not to follow your dreams. So, she picked up a pencil and started drawing. The more she drew, the better she became at it. From drawing, she graduated herself to painting by trying out different creative media: pastels, acrylics, oils, resins, and a mix of these.
Since she started exhibiting her works in 2013, Erika won several awards at local and international art exhibitions in Ottawa and online. She is currently an active and contributing member of several local art organizations, such as the Foyer Gallery, Nepean Fine Arts League, and Arteast Ottawa. Her works can be seen throughout the year at the Foyer Gallery, Ben Franklin place, Shenkman Arts Centre, as well as in other artistic events in Ottawa and online. Her sold and commissioned works have found good homes in private collections across North America and Europe.
Erika gladly accepts people and pet portrait commissions. If you would like to commission a portrait drawing or a painting, visit her website at PortraitsFromPicture.com. If you have a different type of commission in mind, such as an abstract or a relief mixed media painting, please contact her to discuss the possibilities.
Creating art has become one of the biggest joys of my life. I thrive on that feeling of urgency and excitement that I get when the creative juices start flowing through me and urge me to pick up a pencil, a brush, or a pastel stick and just have fun with it.
After working with graphite and charcoal pencils for some years, I was thrilled to discover the colourful and exciting world of pastel, acrylic, oil and mixed media. As passionate as I am about creating realistic works, I also love creating mixed media abstracts, and occasionally, even combining the real with the abstract to form a style of my own.
I have been continuously searching for new ways to combine different types of media. In present times, there is an unprecedented array of media available, creating an opportunity for me to push the limits of visual expression. For an enhanced visual impact, I use a variety of textures created with modeling paste, resin, glitters, fireglass, as well as an assorted variety of metallic, polystyrene (styrofoam), and leather pieces applied as collage on the canvas or wood board.
I feel that I am only at the beginning of my artistic journey. There is so much more that I can try, 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.