Erisman Studios

Figurative and Portrait Painting



Heidi Erisman is a Canadian portrait painter with an interest in classical representational painting. Her art instruction took place in Florence Italy, at the Angel Academy of Art where there is a focus on preserving and teaching academic drawing and painting; a method that found its roots during the Renaissance period.

Trained in techniques that began in the early 1400’s and developed over the ensuing 600 years, Heidi works from the traditions that stem from adherents such as Raphael, Caravaggio, Fede Galizia, Artemisia Gentileschi, Velasquez,  Alma-Tadema, Bouguereau, and Annigoni.  Drawn to academic drawing and glazing techniques, Heidi  expresses her vision for the modern portrait using the old world painter's hand.

Heidi also is involved in social justice causes.  With a particular interest in workplace and intimate partner violence, Heidi is a public speaker and psychotherapist who addresses psychological safety in the workplace and in one's home. Also, Heidi collaborates with Wendy Aujla, PhD candidate, to illustrate sociological research regarding domestic violence.