Erika is a painter woman in the area of Kalocsa .She learnt how to paint these flowers in her village from an old painter woman .
Erika has been working in tourism for years and she was able to demonstrate this folk art to thousands of visitors . Sometimes tourists have special requests though body. painting is not typical ...How old were you when first time the idea of being an artist came up ?
I was 21 when I had been married for a year .
Could you tell us about what kind of floral art you do ?
I paint Hungarian floral motifs typically from the South . It is also called kalocsai.
Floral motifs like roses , carnations , forget-me-nots ,violets ,wheat flowers ,red peppers I make compostions of them .
But I am open to any other floral patterns, but then it is no longer kalocsai topic.
Who inspired and/ or taught you ?
It was my husband who inspired me and my teacher was Mrs. Boldizsar Gaborne auntie Julis (Julis neni) a master folk artist
who had selflessly taught me .
How often do you paint ?
I used to paint daily since I had been employed by a tour agency but since I am out of work
I do not paint as often .
Which were the best moments for you so far as an artist ?
When I painted daily and I met returning tourists - getting feedback daily was really a great
joy .I was shown on tv and it used to be a real ego booster .
Which ones were the hardest moments ?
I applied for the title of master folk artist in Budapest and I was refusedon the ground
that wall painting is not a recognised type of folk art .It is widely practised in the villages but according to the bureaucrats it is not art.
What are you working on at the moment ?
I do comissioned work like wall painting ,wooden furniture decoration ,wall paper decoration on stripes etc .
What advice would you give to other floral artist who is just starting out?
Never start with flowers but with geometric shapes .Nature is composed of them - when you are skilled enough
then you can improve those shapes into flowers .