I got a 5-month-old kitten in October last year and he’s received some lovely fan art from my friends since then :’) after about three months of staring at him I finally felt like I might have understood his silly fur patterns enough to paint him myself (bottom right).
More concrete barrier murals for StART Toronto to be installed on the Scarlett Road cycle track. I want to lay in a pile of flowers and ferns so literally laying on the ground to paint this was actually a very happy time!! Thanks for allowing me to take part ❤
Small paintings mashup with a very late-summer mood
I don’t really know what this is about I drew the image a long time ago but doesn’t the backpack look happy?
(I think it’s about focussing on negativity, maybe consider not doing that)
Got to paint these shroomy murals on four long and squat concrete barriers that will be placed (with many other beautifully painted ones) on the Shoreham Cycle Track in Toronto. Because of covid these barriers were transported from the cycle track location to a transit yard parking lot where the artists signed up for shifts to paint so we could limit our exposure to each other. This took place at the end of June and It was incredibly hot but I hadn’t been leaving my apartment much for anything other than groceries and it was so nice to go somewhere and do something. Can’t say thanks enough to the coordinators at StreetARToronto for including me this year!
The mushrooms are based off of pictures I took on a hike with my partner last year in Algonquin. I really miss being on a forest floor!
Got to do this really lovely commissioned piece for Father’s Day this year! Started out with an obviously great photo that was easy to work from, thanks Candace!
Thank you to Joan for doing this Q&A artist feature about me in the last issue of Newfoundland Quarterly!! I finally got the copies in the mail and it’s a joy to see 🙂
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a freelance illustrator hailing from Toronto residing in a shoebox of an apartment. I love to make complicated coffee and instant ramen. I’ve loved painting and making pictures for as long as I can remember, and the decision to go to school for that and try and turn it into a career has been really scary but I’m so thankful for getting the opportunities to do so!
What about your artwork here: why these subject matter, and how did you select your palette?
Working as an editorial freelance illustrator means you don’t get to choose the topics you paint about. I think that can seem really limiting however no matter what topic you are assigned, you are always painting with your own voice and perspective. I’ve also been SO lucky to receive projects that have been close to me and my interests. Along with woman’s rights and mental health, humans versus nature has been a really prevalent motif in my work since before I found my own artistic voice. I feel like I always start at square one when I’m selecting colours for a piece but in the end it’s pretty clear that I’ve got a certain palette I’m always sticking close to!
What artists, not limited to visual artists, influence you?
I’m influenced by everything, I think you just look through that lens in everyday life as an artist. Music has always been a big source of inspiration for me; Kate Bush, Alex G, Modest Mouse, Leonard Cohen, and Built to Spill are some artists that have shown up in some way in my personal work, along with so many others. There was a time a made an entire zine about baseball because I was so obsessed! I probably get the most inspiration from a couple friends I graduated with and have kept really close with, Marley Allen-Ash and Heidi Berton, we are really supportive towards each other’s careers and inspire each other in non-competitive ways, I’m so thankful for them and I love their work. Carson Ellis and Eleanor Davis are all-time favourite illustrators for me.
Do you have a work routine?
I definitely have a specific process I go through for each piece I do starting with scribbled down notes to small thumbnail ideas, to line drawings and colour studies, and eventually the final painting. But as far as a work routine goes there is no specific time of day I find to be the most productive for me. I’m lucky to have a small corner for my studio in my apartment, and having it right there means I can pick something up whenever it feels right and work on it without restrictions.
What’s your idea of work/life balance?
I think I feel a lot of unnecessary guilt when I take any time away from making art or promoting myself as an illustrator. My idea of work/life balance is to feel fulfilled from both, and in order to feel that way you need to put a lot of time into both. It’s hard to know what’s right but if you’re able to hone in on which part of you needs more attention then you shouldn’t feel guilty having to push one aside to spend time on the other.
A big beautiful blue sky and a big beautiful song on repeat in this apartment
Some very small paintings (4″x4′) on tiny canvas-stretched watercolour paper. I made these in April when I was sad about not being able to go outside to see the new life. But then I sewed some face masks and went on a walk to see them in a more-remote neighbourhood area with not too many people walking around and it was thrilling to see real life examples of the pictures I was looking at online! So you can do it too!! But please be safe!!! Seriously!!!!
I started serving at this brewery part-time over a year ago and though I haven’t been able to work the last few months I still hold everyone here very near and dear to my lil heart ❤ They’ve always encouraged me to hang my paintings inside, and they were instantly on board after I proposed the idea for this series of murals in and around the building. It was so fun! And I love them and miss them!
If you’re in Toronto they have a new system set up on their website and whatever you order there will be delivered to your door every weekend so check it out: http://follybrewing.com/bottleshop/