The Monochrome Lover

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From white paper to wall frames: A chat with Erika Farkas

Have you ever wondered making a career in canvas and colours? While I was wondering about the scope for art as a career, I got to interact with Erika Farkas, a Romania based artist, specialized in charcoal and portrait and here is what I learnt…

Erika Farkas, a Romania based artist

Q: How do you think the society has accepted art as profession in this age? Has it progressed since the past?

Erika: Art as a profession has certainly progressed. Back in the renaissance, artists only worked on commissions from their patrons, they rarely created works for their own enjoyment.  The acceptance of women in the artist profession has also come a long way. However, now there are too many talented artists out there, and if want to make it as an artist, you have to be original and stand out from the crowd.

Q: How did you prepare yourself to choose art as a career?

Basically, I started drawing. I was always pretty good at it. The more I drew, the better I became at it and I developed my own style, or so I would like to think.

Q: Was it not difficult for you to pursue a career in art without a formal training? How did you handle it?

My belief is that you don’t need a formal training if you are able to learn and experiment on your own. But nowadays, there is so much free information on the internet, free instructions from accomplished artists from where you can learn the basics without paying an arm and a leg for a fine art degree.

Takeaway from the chat: “My advice for the beginners is the Nike slogan “Just do it!”. Keep at it and I promise that the more you practice, the better you get and the greater will your satisfaction be!”




What my box of happiness has…


Because everyone can draw


  1. Good for her for building a career without pursuing a fine arts degree–what an accomplishment! Thanks for sharing this artist’s story 🙂

    • prajasekar

      Thank you for the comments Marcus! And yeah, chatting with her gave me some hopes 🙂

  2. Zohra

    Great blog. What a wonderful idea to interview an artist. I love her perspective on art. Well done!

  3. This is amazing! It’s so cool you got to interact with a professional!

  4. I am so happy for you, you have got an opportunity to meet such a talented artist! It’s a great idea to write a post about your experience. Keep up the great work, I hope to see more posts soon! 🙂

  5. What a great post. Even for someone like me, who is not artistically talented, I feel inclined to give visual art a try!

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