Erika Gibson-Bertram

Painter Erika Gibson-Bertram of Falls Township has been creating informal mixed-media face portraits of celebrities for about four or five years. Her pieces are regularly displayed at various venues by the Kitson Arts Alliance.




Erika likes to capture “something that catches my eye,” she said. She’s painted many celebrities, including the Beatles, Lady Gaga and Prince from their photos.

“It started as something I was doing in the morning with my coffee,” she said. “One of my sons asked me to do a face portrait of him, and he really liked it.” Her older son had taken a photo of the rapper B.D.Smalls, which also became one of her subjects.

Erika had also done other drawings in the past but, thanks to her son’s request, nothing like the celebrity portraits for which she is now known.

Click here to listen to an Asserting Independents interview with Erika.