Erika Farkas is a self-taught visual artist originally from Transylvania, Romania, and calls Ottawa her home since the late 1980s. She has a degree in electrical engineering, and her current career is in Information Technology. Although Erika never had any formal art training, artistic creativity has been always a big part of her life.
She started exhibiting her figurative pencil drawings in 2013, and has won several awards with them in juried local and international art exhibitions in Ottawa and online. Later, she took up mixed media and acrylic painting, because it appealed to her love of colour and gave her unlimited means to stretch the limits of visual expression.
Erika is currently an active member and Website Coordinator of the Foyer Gallery, Nepean Fine Arts League, and Ottawa Mixed Media Artists. She is also a member and Newsletter Layout Editor ofArteast, as well as a member of the Ottawa Art Association and Pencil Art Society.
She exhibits throughout the year in solo shows, in various juried and unjuried group shows, as well as in other artistic events in Ottawa and online. Her works can be found in private collections in North America and Europe.
Erika gladly accepts people and pet portrait commissions of graphite/charcoal pencil drawings or oil paintings.
“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 in my brain and urge me to pick up a pencil or a brush and just have fun with it.
I have been continuously trying to challenge myself in finding 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 envelope of visual expression. I occasionally turn my graphite, charcoal, coloured pencil drawings or digitally created works into mixed media paintings by seamlessly incorporating them on canvas with paints and textures. For an enhanced visual impact, I use a variety of textures, such as gels, glitters and gold leaves, as well as an assorted variety of metallic paraphernalia.
In my paintings, I like to use a palette of rich, bold colours of red, blue, orange, and purple, as well as metallic colours of silver, gold and copper. I tend to use highly textured layers of acrylic paint and gel medium that appeal to both senses: vision and touch. To achieve a more accentuated 3-dimensional look and feel, I prefer to use a combination of knives and brushes.
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.”
For more on Erika’s artistic journey and the tools she uses to create her art, check out the interview article with her on Parka Blogs at:
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