Artist: Erika Farkas
Medium: Pastels on Pastelmat
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I am an 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, something I always enjoyed doing. I began exhibiting my figurative pencil drawings a year later and has won since several awards in local and international art exhibitions.
I am mostly self-taught, having developed my own drawing and painting techniques. To further chisel my figurative and 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.
Since my retirement from the City in early 2022, I have been a full-time artist and finally able to fulfil the dream of a lifetime by doing what I feel I was really meant to do.
“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, 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 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.“
Artist Website: https://www.erikafarkas.com
Commissions Website: https://portraitsfrompicture.com/