Katerina Mertikas along with Koyman Galleries presented to Mrs. Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, an original Mertikas painting, “A Canal like no Other”, during a ceremony for Healthy Kids Awards March 2016
For the last 23 years, painting impressionist and naive art has been the real joy in my life after my family. When I wake up each morning I can’t wait to start on a new painting or finish one on the go. Painting brings me joy not only because I truly love to paint, but also because owners of my artwork all seem to love the blend of colours and the feeling of youthful freedom they get from my style of art. I truly feel blessed to have found a talent with which I can both happily fill my time and delight my customers.
So enjoy browsing through my online gallery and I hope that one catches your interest. My original artwork is currently on sale through retailers found in the ‘where to buy’ section. Prints of some of my best impressionist artworks are available at Koyman Galleries, please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions.
One of Katerina’s paintings ” Honouring my Father”, was painted on October 22, 2014 after the attack in Ottawa at the War Memorial where Nathan Cirillo, the corporal standing guard that fateful day, was shot dead.
Out of her heart’s urging this painting was created, and it was featured on the front page of The Ottawa Citizen newspaper on November 1st, 2014. The article went on to explain the meaning of the painting, and announced that with Koyman Galleries, and with the Ottawa mayor’s support, limited editions are being sold and raising funds for Nathans son Marcus Cirillo’s trust fund. To read more, visit The Ottawa Citizen article.
The original painting hangs in the mayors boardroom and an embellished print hangs in Ottawas city hall for all to view. –
“Honouring my Father”
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Katerina Mertikas is a self-taught artist who was born in Tripoli, Greece. She and her family (Patrinos) immigrated to Canada in 1960; first to Montreal and then to Ottawa. Her two daughters were originally the inspiration of her work, and now she happily depicts her grandchildren in her works with a renewed energy of watching them grow. She had her first show in Ville Saint Laurent in 1989 and has been showing ever since. Painting spontaneously, in bright, bold acrylic paint, she captures what she feels and what her memory retains. Her paintings are mainly of children having fun, playing games or participating in sporting events in a naïve style. Katerina classifies her own work as naïve expressionism, trying to convey to the world the message of love, peace, innocence, and friendship. Katerina explains: “I love vivid colours. I love the feeling the painting creates within me—especially when depicting children in all their joys and excitement. I try to capture the special, happy moments in our daily lives on every canvas I paint.” Katerina’s work has been selected by UNICEF and the Canadian Lung Association for cards, stamps, and calendars to help raise funds for their charities. She has also been honoured with a “Women of Distinction” award in the arts category in 1999 and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, whose patron is Prince Philip of Edinburgh.
Katerina Mertikas Feature in Ottawa Magazine
Princess Diana recieves painting at Heart Institutewing Grand Opening
Katerina meets Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Whimsical Images A UNICEF Favourite Ottawa Citizen
UNICEF Cards are a Holiday Tradition Toronto Star, 2000
Painting A Better World Calgary Sunday Sun 1998
YMCA, 1999 Women of Distinction Awards, Nomination Certificate
Julio Iglesias, recieving one of Katerina’s paintings
UNICEF’s Ottawa Angel has her Eighth Winner Ottawa Citizen
Lifestyles Article Ottawa Citizen, 2011
Young At Heart Calendar Pine Ridge Art 2002
The Colours of Giving Ottawa Citizen 2002
The Role and Impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Education
Days to Treasure A Book of Seasons
Canadian Parliamentary Review, Vol. 16, No. 4, winter 1993-94
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