Tag: Acrylic

Shop – The Surealism of Anne Nawrocka

Anne Nawrocka was born and spent her early years in Communist Poland, before moving to Germany and then eventually immigrating to Canada in 1989.

She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) with a diploma in Communication and Design. She’s been painting for over 25 years as well as sculpting, cross-stitching, and photography. Working with oils and acrylics, she paints anything from realism to surrealism and abstraction.  

After spending time freelancing and working in a digital format, Anne was introduced to Lomography. This inspired her to go back to analog photography. She now converts her photos with the art of cross stitching to become part of her art. During the COVID outbreak and lockdown while spending hours cross-stitching her photography Anne has decided to get back to painting and is currently working on a new abstract series. 



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Shop – Passionate Acrylics By Amanda Pesklevy

I am a local artist living in Pickering with roots in the East Coast - New Brunswick.

I have been painting part-time since 2010 and have this year decided to sell my art (with all of the new home offices cropping up this year why not?? 😆).

I am eternally optimistic and encouraging of others. I try to shine bright enough that others can’t hide in the darkness.

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Shop – Tracy Money Queen: Determined, Resilient & Strong

An Aries and true to her sign, Tracy is determined, resilient, and strong. She values leadership and courage, always working to improve herself daily.

Tracy grew up rather modestly with very little money. Inspiring and pushing her at a very young age to learn the value of a dollar eventually allowed her to manifest her financial goals. Alongside individuals who have shared tools, tips, and knowledge that have been monumental during her journey.

Looking back at all the years she had not touched a paintbrush or charcoal pencil; Tracy had felt utter disappointment and was resentful. She had stored all her abilities in a box after her dreams came crashing down, if she couldn’t attend University and pursue a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts then she believed she had failed and would again never feel that passion. Or so she thought!

Its really funny how the universe works! She never forgets your dreams; we are often the ones creating blockages in our minds… It's been exactly 16 years since Tracy has felt that artistic passion. She hadn’t realized up until now and thanks to her dear friend, that art has been the missing puzzle piece to her life up to this point. Her friend couldn’t have been more right about that!

Relearning a skill, you thought you had lost is like riding a bike, a gift is never lost. It is so true; Tracy has never felt more confident and the blockades she had created in her mind were finally opening and inspirations flowed through like a floodgate to her soul.

“Get in touch with yourself. The fountain of creativity begins with the stream of conscious thought flowing inside you. Open the floodgate and creative ideas come rushing out.” – Nita Leland

Soul-working has taken Tracy on quite the journey thus far, she could have never envisioned a few years ago that she would be thriving in her element. Pursuing her dreams of becoming an artist, collaborating with members of the beautification group by creating a 4x8 feet acrylic mural named “A Flip of Faith” with the help of her two daughter's that is showcased within the downtown core of her town as an initiative in beautifying the community. She has created an online presence for her charcoal and acrylic pieces and has commissioned several charcoal portraits and has created a name for herself in the artistic community. To think that unraveling and writing down in a blog all of her thoughts/emotions she had pushed down for most of her adult life would eventually help her find that missing puzzle piece; her artistic passion.

All Tracy can say is never give up on yourself, the universe always finds a way in helping you learn the lessons required for you to truly become the person you’ve always dreamt. She often catches herself smiling at how everything has unraveled so far. Your guardian angels and guides are always there for you when you least expect it.

Love Tracy aka Mrs. Money Queen


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Walnut Studios & Gentrification in Toronto

Podcast – SofiL, Walnut Studios & Gentrification in Toronto

SofiL, Walnut Studios & Gentrification in Toronto

There are several topics that keep coming up in CUTO Podcasts. We often find ourselves talking about gentrification and the way it affects us.

Gentrification is one of those beasts looming over everyone in Toronto, our rent affected seemingly every day, pricing us out of the city.

How quickly the sand slips beneath our feet; Toronto’s business and architectural landscape is giving way to a culture of foreign investors and local developers commodifying the places we live and work and removing the places and spaces that make the city charming.


Towards the 40 minute mark,

SofiL discusses the importance of artist’s communities, studios where artists can create and congregate. She talks about Walnut studio, and how it provided a community for her until a fire took it away.

Escalating property values create more opportunity for investors, which means more condos, more Starbucks, and more Shoppers Drug Marts. Ironically, this pushes out the artists that make Toronto a city worth investing in.

Aside from gentrification, in this dope and upbeat interview (it's not all doom and gloom) we get to know more about SofiL and see her layered works of art, drawn from memory. We discuss the pros and cons of working from home, going to New York, traveling all 50 states, managing your mailing list and we talk about Patreon.


Podcast - SofiL, Walnut Studios & Gentrification in Toronto

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Shop – The Acrylic Paintings of Meighan West Explore Self & Feminism

The Acrylic Paintings of Meighan West Explore Self & Feminism

Who are you?

Meighan West. I am a woman trying to explore feminism and myself through the wonderful expression of painting.


What do you do?

Acrylic on canvas


Why did you get started?

I've painted since I was a little girl. It's how I express my curiosities.


Tell us about the 1st time you knew what you were doing was the way you wanted to approach your art.

I had a vision of my mural and when I finished that labor of love and pain I realized I needed to keep exploring feminism through this medium using the raw female form.


What are you working on right now?

A collection of varied female nudes, each pose expressing a different emotion. It's called "read my tits". So often women say read my lips because men are just looking at their bodies, with this I'm hoping people can understand what these women are saying just by looking at their bodies.


Describe your creative process.

I often get inspired by an image in my head that comes from whatever I'm experiencing either through my daily life, what I'm reading at the time or what I'm learning about.


Who is your art for? Why is it important?

My art is for feminists (male or female) who want to feel the expression of women


What is the hardest part about being an artist?

Finding your confidence. Every artist is different and can be considered "better", you have to believe that what you're producing is worth sharing.


If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be and why?

You are an artist. It is worth something. As a child art was connected to my mother and I had a very strained relationship with her so I didn't see the value in being an artist. I hid from it for a long time to distance myself from her. I should have embraced my art and lived in it, through it, as I do now.


Why is art and creativity important for the community at large?

It brings beauty and self-expression to everyone. Even those who don't feel they can express themselves in artistic ways can feel connected and represented through other peoples art.



Have you had to deal with isolation, mental illness, and/or homelessness? What did you learn from your experience?

I have self-isolated. I grew up with a traumatized mother which made me feel like I couldn't connect with people because no one would understand me. I went through therapy and worked through a lot of my childhood issues which allowed me to let in the incredible people in my life and find ways to accept love and happiness. It's a long, maybe never-ending process but it's worth it be able to fully experience the beauty in your life.

Shop – Black Love: The Passionate Art of Ray


Who are you?
Ewart Raymond (Art Ray) or just simply Ray. 
What do you do?
I produce and sell original artworks. I also sell canvas prints, paper prints, and framed paper prints of various sizes, etc.
Why did you get started?
I was always creating art. When I was young I wanted to replicate what I saw and to make it perfect. When I became an adult, the art I made was to speak to me from the walls as a form of motivation. I now create the same type of art using different elements that continue to speak to me as well as others. 

Describe your creative process?
Most of my creations are based around couples, intimacy, families, and love. I mainly work from references. I then add my own twist to make them into what I see in my head. I use mostly acrylics, some oils, and some pastels to bring my creations to life. 


Who is your art for? Why is it important?
My art is mainly for adults, but I also create pieces that are family oriented which are for all people. I use my art to speak to the mundane aspects, as well as the metal aspects because both aspects are important to us as human beings.


If you could tell your younger self anything what would it be and why?
I would tell my younger self to create more and to try and reach as many people as possible. I would also tell my younger self to be interactive with proactive and productive people, predominantly.



What are you working on right now?
I am currently working on finishing up a few pieces on families. I am also working on some pieces of couples that show intimacy, love vibrations, and connectivity.


What are your views on homelessness and mental illness in the arts community?
A home is what houses you and your body, and all your creations. Homelessness is a big issue and it shouldn't be based on all the wealth in the world but nevertheless, it is a huge problem. Mental health is very important since the mind drives the body, and if your mental state is affected, then you cannot advance as you would expect. I think art plays a very important role in soothing the minds of most individuals. It can bring about a calmness from everyday chaos.


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Shop – Creation, a Healing Process for Art in the AM

Shop - Creation, a Healing Process for Art in the AM

Who are you? (Bio)

Art in the AM: I’m a self-taught artist with a constantly evolving style, through which I experiment with contemporary and surrealist expressions. My work imbues meaning with thoughtful symbolism and eclectic archetypes into every single piece.   

Why did you get started?

Creative expression helped me recover from anxiety, insomnia, manic depression, and self-harm, which I’ve suffered with for a large portion of my life. Healing has become a strong inspiration and focus of my work, as art helps me overcome personal demons by harnessing the energy and transforming it into constructive positivity.

What do you do? (or what service do you provide?)

I create original works of art, mural design, tattoo design, album and book cover art, character design. Some mediums follow as: gouache, watercolour, graphite and charcoal, acrylic paints, and more. Presently, I offer products such as threaded patches and art prints – with apparal as a future goal in mind.


I am very open to new projects of any kind and love a new creative challenge! Generally, I work through traditional mediums, but I also like to experiment and develop new methods and styles.

What are you working on right now?

In order to show my work at galleries and exhibits I have beendeveloping a portfolio, with great care, highlighting themes such as mental health, personal and community growth, and rediscovering strength through passions. As a side project, I am developing comics that explore concepts of depression, which I d hope to publish and sell as books in the near future.

Drawing and creating have always been an inherent part of who I am. From the moment I could hold a crayon I have been creating. I developed mental illnesses from a young age and art became my Savior. Creative expression  is my greatest asset and helps me communicate in a healthy manner. I also simply love to create. Art is my passion, and an extension of my being.

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