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Call to Artists – Cover Artist Gets $1,200 and 2 Featured Artists $600

 Radical Dreams of Equity and Kindness


What kind of world do you want to live in after Covid-19? 


Share your dreams


CreativeUTO is a socially conscious incubator of creative thinkers. We are launching the inaugural issue of Symposium, a print anthology, and video exhibit. For our first issue, we have chosen the theme: Radical Dreams of Equity and Kindness. We acknowledge that Covid-19 has dramatically disrupted all of our lives. We see, too, that there are deep inequalities that undermine our core values and beliefs.


We invite all artists across media to contribute their visions of a better future. Because dreams are the first step to bring better to life.



Artists click here to submit your artwork

Video Exhibits broadcasted live on CUTO Podcast

For fundraising, details go to our fundraiser page


Event-goers buy tickets and anthology on Patreon


Submit your work, make sure to include a 250-word artist statement. You’ll be sent to an onboarding page when you register. You’ll receive a welcome package including promotional material and an invoice. We publish your work on our Facebook fan page, (y)our fans help us critique and add context to these pictures by leaving likes, comments, and sharing your work. Artists will be selected by our Steering Committee, an elected group of established members of the creative community and CreativeUTO members. Artists present their work onlinr. We work together to promote our creation, share profits, knowing that proceeds go to Sistering, ASE Community, and TICOT



  • Cover artist (visual, video and written work will be considered): $1,200
  • 2 Featured artists get $600
  • Submissions are open to Toronto artists. Some preference will be given to local Toronto and GTA based artists.


Artists click here to submit your artwork





We want to know how you envision a better world.


Be creative.

Be serious.

Be ridiculous.


We want your brave and beautiful visions to inspire and then build a better tomorrow






We use ethical and environmentally conscious for all our merchandise



Proceeds from CreativeUTO projects go to funding projects from Sistering, ASE, and TICOT




Submission guidelines:

We accept all forms of art that relate to the theme of radical dreams of equity and kindness for a post-COVID-19 world. The art we accept includes but is not limited to:


  • Visually striking eye candy
  • Visual Art (drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media)
  • Photography
  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • Other written work (personal essays, creative non-fiction, etc)
  • Performance (Dance, music, etc)
  • Art installations
  • Experimental Arts


The following is the definition of 1 piece:


  • One image of a visual piece (300 dpi PNG format or your print will be junk and may be rejected.)
  • One or multiple poems which collectively total up to 600 words (please submit in ONE file)
  • One piece of written work up to 1200 words 
  • One Video (Please submit a video in HD)
  • One audio file (for musicians, you’ll need audio quality guidelines. They will also need to submit text or an image which to accompany their work.)



For non-text works please include an accompanying artist statement on how your work connects to the theme and clearly indicate which piece it is accompanying. Up to 250 words per piece, the artist statement does not count as one of your pieces. Please verify that all submitted work is original to you. For work involving multiple parties, submissions, consent to participate must be given by all participants and artists.



We are giving away $1,200 to a cover artist and $600 to 2 featured artists


November 21st (Submission deadline)

  • Submission deadline for 1st edition of Anthology (live event)

  • Artists pictures will be published on IG, Facebook during the onboarding process
  • Participation fee due before we publish your work on our networks
  • Early submissions will have a chance to campaign for cover artist longer
  • We work as a community to critique the art
  • You can invite your followers to vote like and give feedback


  • Facebook or IG like = 3 points
  • Facebook or IG comments = 5 points
  • An event like at SWG = 12 points
  • CreativeUTO staff like or comment = 12 points


Saturday, November 28th

  • Symposium Video Exhibit at Studio 77
  • Very limited space available at 77 Shuter
  • Bring foods, and wine
  • The event starts at 3 pm
  • There will be a live DJ
  • Artists must submit their artwork between
  • Doors open at 8 pm
  • Private event for artists and fundraisers
  • Fundraiser to sell the book
  • Social distancing rules are in effect (wear masks, limited to 50 people)


Saturday, December 12th (Final 20)

  • Symposium Video Exhibit at Studio 77
  • Bring 2 pieces of work between 1 and 4 pm
  • Very limited space available at 77 Shuter


Download the event PDF here


Event-goers get your tickets on Patreon

Artists click here to submit your artwork

Video Exhibits broadcasted live on CUTO Podcast

For fundraising, details go to our fundraiser page



Podcast – George Floyd Where Do We Go From Here? Toronto Artists Discuss

Will the world ever get back to normal? 

What is normal anyway? 

We repeat the same mistakes over and over again. We tolerate a lot of wrongs, turn a blind eye to many things. We want to live comfort and peace so we sweep these things under the rug. 

I think in the past few months we have been tested at an unprecedented scale, one crisis crescendoing into another. We're all coping with the fallout from the pandemic in different ways; these protests and riots are a reflection of a world that’s fed up.   

In this special episode of CUTO podcast, we discuss racism and the aftermath of George Floyd, compounded by the insanity of COVID 19. We discuss how we got here and how it is impacting society.

Where do we go from here? 

In this discussion, we touch on the people responsible, the economy, racism, the pros and cons of socialism, dictatorships, we try to make sense of it all. 

As a black man, there is obviously emotional weight added to these discussions. I understand I have to change the system from within but a part of me wants to go out there and riot.

This conversation, alongside others, allowed me to put my thoughts together in the blog below. 

Insight - The Babylon System Part 1: George Floyd

The discussion, below, happened at the height of the George Floyd riot as we started our weekly creative meetup.  This creative meetup is a gathering of CUTO artists who come together to collaborate on installations and exhibits. It is exclusive to artists who have participated in CUTO projects this year. 

The purpose is to collaborate on art installations and exhibits. We’re working to launch the next event in August. 

Make sure to go to our YouTube channel for timestamps

Podcast - George Floyd Where Do We Go From Here? Toronto Artists Discuss


Follow the participating artists 

in order of appearance

Adele Steinberg


Nicole Little


More content featuring Nicole

Michael Bole


Maggie Chang


5 Trending Artists of Toronto in May 2020

We are bringing back Trending Artists of Toronto.




Introducing Volume: Our In-House Currency


At CreativeUTO we want to build a vibrant community where artists can collaborate freely. One way to facilitate this is to create our own in-house currency, so that artists can gain compensation when they work on eachothers’ projects or participate in the community. Volume is awarded based on activity. It can be used to trade or barter for goods and services. 

Community members can use the Volume to cash out.

Think of CreativeUTO like a role-playing game, but instead you earn Volume for engaging and being a productive member of the tribe. We design where we want to award Volume and how much it returns. The value of this currency is determined by the amount of money there is to go around. Volume will help artists collaborate on each other’s projects without having to worry about getting paid.

The artist with the most Volume

Volume is still in the alpha phase of development and is being rolled out carefully. In the future we'll incorporate the currency in more public ways. Eventually the ecosystem will include our extended community (our followers) and art stores. For now Volume is awarded based on the artist with the most activity on their CreativeUTO podcast page over the previous 60 days.


Our first recipient is Char G.


Listen to her podast below and make sure to subscribe for daily art




Char G was the 3rd artist I interviewed since launching this project, as a matter of fact, she was the 3rd artist I interviewed that day. I realized by this 3rd interview that I wasn’t going to compile the interviews. That each artist was contributing enough to merit a whole week of shine, like a featured artist. In Char G’s interview we discussed Feminism, body and sexy positivity, street art, and her dog. If she was a Featured Artist in April then she is the Covered Artist now.


Shop her art on CreativeUTO


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Go to her website


Also trending this month is contemporary artist Nicole Little. 


Nicole is an amazing addition to our podcast. Her episode was over 2 hours, but that didn't stop it from being one of our most popular videos on YouTube in terms of views and retention. Since we published her podcast Nicole has joined CreativeUTO, has helped me host the 2nd Video Exhibit and we’ve continued to evolve the concept. 

Stay tuned to see what we have in store. 

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The 1st podcast interview we published featured Kamil Swiatek. 


We discussed spirituality and art, a conversation that has reverberated through the other interviews with artists building on it.  In Kamil’s interview he answers questions about his incubator. We discussed bullying and how he escaped it through spirituality, as well as the value of getting into the flow state. 

Great interview Kamil

Shop Kamil's art on CreativeUTO

Go to his Instagram

Go to his website


SofiL’s podcast was published Tuesday (May 26th). 


Her video had the fastest launch for all podcasts on our YouTube channel. All artists' videos get shared to 100s of Facebook groups and it takes about 1 day to publish in about 30 groups. SofiL’s sample video got to 1,000 views within 2 days, whereas most ads got there by the 3rd or 4th day. This is a testament to the community growing, each artist paving the way for others to succeed faster, making it easier to earn exposure and, by extension, currency. 

In Sofil’s case, her interview also highlighted other acrylic artists who have been featured on CreativeUTO’s marketplace.

Shop SofiL's art on CreativeUTO


For more info about Hong Kong-born Canadian Visual Artist SofiL

go to 


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The Universe articulates itself featuring The Art Hippo himself, Navneet. 


The Universe articulates itself! I believe the 1st time I mentioned this, or alluded to it, was in Kamil Swiatek's interview, however it became the main theme with Navneet because it encapsulates his artistic style. Like all the interviews, I had a great time with Navneet. It sounds cliche, but I understand when a parent can’t choose a favorite child. I don't have a favorite interview because they all contributed to the community in their own way. 



Shop – Toronto Based Artist The Art Hippo


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I hope you enjoy them as much as I had fun making them.


Call to Artists – The 2nd Video Exhibit is on Friday May 15th

Creation Events

  • After #TAAP6 we decided to move away from tabled events and added an emphasis on 1 keyword, intimacy.
  • Artists will use one of 4 foundations (including Creation, Installation, Performance, and or Exhibition) to animate an immersive event. Telling a fairy tale that takes advantage of social media, participating spaces, and the event itself. 

Artists of Toronto

  • C19 has changed our plans to host monthly exhibits and an ongoing incubator at Gallery 1017 but it hasn't altered our initiative to build and promote a creative community of entrepreneurs. Artists of Toronto continue where the Melanin Exhibit left off and this time the platform will be Zoom. #AoT is an online exhibit where artists get to rant, promote their work, talent or service.

  • The exhibit gets broadcasted live on our website and Youtube channel (subscribe to our channel)

Artists click below to register


About the 1st Video Exhibit

The 1st video exhibit was amazing and we plan to take what we learned to expand on it.

The CreativeUTO website had double the traffic (compared to the previous day), the official promotional video was the fastest to 100 views (our channel is still very young) and our room got about 22 guests at its peak. Our 1st video exhibit featuring over 4 hours of art, dance, music, performances, and showcases. 

I want to thank everyone who came out to view the show. Jade Elektra for hosting Eman for a mesmerizing performance, Bobby Kumar for his amazing music and transcending art, Anna Cyan for live painting, SofiL for showing her studio, Maggie Chang for performing Feminist Killjoy and Navneet for the insightful artwork and conversations. 

Catta Lyst you are a warrior. 

Special thanks to Nicole Little for creating these wonderful artworks, and Char G for her generous support

Call to Artists

  • We discuss ABLO and SMARTER starting at 7 pm
  • The full event schedule will be made available on May 11th
  • It's free to participate in the video exhibit

Click here to register


Artists of Toronto: 1st Video Exhibit Hosted by Jade Elektra + Participating Artists

Road to #TAAP7

  • Join us on our journey to create content with the art community through intimate exhibits that make you feel like you’re in the comfort of your living room while interacting with artists and their art.


Creation Events

  • After #TAAP6 we decided to move away from tabled events and added an emphasis on 1 keyword, intimacy.
  • Artists will use one of 4 foundations (including Creation, Installation, Performance and or Exhibition) to animate an immersive event. Telling a fairy tale that takes advantage of social media, participating spaces and the event itself. 


Artists of Toronto: 1st Video Exhibit on Monday 4.20. Starts at 7:pm with a networking event



Artists of Toronto!
Hosted by The Legendary Jade Elektra
A Toronto-based Queer African-American Drag Entertainer, Recording Artist/Live Singer, Film/Stage/Television Actor and HIV+ AIDS Activist originally from Tampa, Florida via New York City.
Her legendary underground club tracks “Bitch You Look Fierce”, “Why Are You Gaggin’?”, “What-Evah!” are “How Do I Look?” are considered classic examples of the Ballroom/Cunty Beats/Bitch Tracks sub-genre of late 1990s/early 2000’s NYC House Music. In 2019 with the collaboration with DJ/Producer Erik Elias, Jade Elektra released thirteen singles all at once. But most importantly in 2019, Jade Elektra became an internet sensation when she performed a parody of Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" as "Undetectable" for Toronto's AIDS Vigil. The single and remixes are due out later this year.
She is presently signed with the record label: iUnderground (New York), but also has product available on 2nd Level (New York), Progressive High (New York), Rough Luxury (New York), Filthy Bitch (London), Posse Up (Vancouver), Sound Groove (New York) and others.
For More Information, please contact Jade Elektra at DJRelentlessToronto@gmail.com


Featuring an Award-Winning Acrobatic Performance by Eman


Eman is an award-winning performer and full-time aerial hoop and pole-sport instructor. She is the co-founder at CirQular Motion, a rehab and conditioning space based in Toronto dedicated to professional circus performers and dancers. She is also a resident performer for Ink Entertainment, Lavelle and Le Brunch, and offers circus aerial and acrobatic pole performances. Specializing in aerial hoop, lollipop Lyra, pole, flying pole and straps, she regularly performs concerts, club venues, festivals, weddings, corporate, pre-wedding events, and much more. Most recently performing as one of Snoop Dogg's backup dancer across Ontario and for brands such as LG, and Samsung.





Belly Dancing Sequence by Melanie


International performer and owner of MM Entertainment providing lively cultural performances across the GTA for private and corporate events. Working with local talent and artist to build their careers.




Alongside her bandmates, Shanty has performed at many events and venues all throughout the T-dot, such as the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), The Carlu for a show sponsored by Western Union, The Globus Theatre (Bobcaygeon), Atria (Oshawa) and the heart of the city, Nathan Phillips Square, just to name a few.

She takes pride in giving her audience her all and strives to connect, spread wisdom, inspiration, and create an uplifting feeling through her music.



Her influences run the gamut of excellence.  


Nina Simone, Jill Scott,  Alanis Morisette, Tracy Chapman, India Arie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sade, Erykah Badu, Leela James, Beres Hammond, Billie Holiday, Phyllis Dillon, Lauryn Hill and many more.


Social Media

Instagram: Shantysweetsmusic



An awesome spoken word sequence by Luca Muah


I’m a Rapper, Singer,Songwriter and fashion designer who utilized his platform to assist unprivileged children earn an education and proper health care services



Check out his video below







Poetry by Writer and Photographer Maggie Chang


Maggie is a poet, writer and photographer based in Toronto, currently completing her Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. Having loved reading all her life, she started writing fiction when she was twelve, and she branched out to poetry, primarily spoken word, as a teen. At the same time, appreciation for the beauty in the world led to an interest in photography. Her work focuses on environmentalism, intersectional feminism, and identity – particularly the joys and sorrows of being Chinese-Canadian. She has performed at Stories of Ours, and Living Hyphen’s Birthday, and the Women’s Center Feminist Poetry Showcase, her work has also appeared in The University of Waterloo’s HeForshe Anthology Allies.






Showcase from Featured Artists Char GS


Char is a Canadian graffiti and street artist who has been creating and deploying pieces for over 10 years. She honed her style over several years in Windsor ON and has recently relocated to Toronto, after having been invited to create public art pieces across the US, Australia, and most recently Hamburg and Berlin.

Aside from major public pieces, her aesthetic remains grounded in bombs and hand styles. More complex installations typically feature a cast of strong, empowered and sex-positive female character figures. These figures have become a trademark of her aesthetic and approach.

Her characters are an expression of a feminist stance and a call for female visibility within what is still a significantly male-dominated graffiti art culture. Her goal is to support and nurture the growing diversity of voices within the graffiti and street art form.

She has been a member of several internationally recognized crews, but is currently working solo with the goal of further developing her individual voice and approach. Nonetheless, when making art she can almost always be seen with her rescue dog in tow.




View her featured interview on CUTO Podcast





Showcase from Featured Artist Nicole Little


I am an Armenian artist, based in Toronto, Canada.

My work has strong drawing components and centres on themes of finding value in discarded objects and people.




View Nicole Little's featured interview on CUTO Podcast



Artwork + music by Bobby Kumar

A multidisciplinary artist from Brampton, Ontario, Bipin Kumar uses many forms of the arts to bring focus to mental health issues.








Showcase by The Art Hippo

(Navneet Nishant) is a self-taught, Toronto based artist. His art style is abstraction through patterns, repetition and bright colors. His artworks fueled by self-discovery, are heavily influenced by the theory of meaning, theory of knowledge and existentialism. His Art career started in India, where he lived in a small town. There is an inherent oriental understanding of self exhibited in his early works either through subject matter or through the colors. He moved to Canada in 2015, accruing a massive change of social, professional, economic and individual context in his life. Moving form a small town to a big city, starting out again as a student just months after getting married, gaining a deeper understanding of human psyche, changing his career to a transformation consultant, all of these have effected his art in a way where philosophy of mind and its proverbial abstraction with daily life is a visible vocal theme in his recent works. Breaking down of mental constructs to create an abstraction, his art makes one question 'the meaning' in its own way, helping people find a deeper connection with themselves and in finding a meaning in life His works have been exhibited in India as well as in Canada and at this stage of his career his ambition is to help more people pursue and find meaning in their lives through his works and establish an international presence.



Look out for an Awesome Interview with Art Hippo on CUTO Podcast


Showcase by Hong Kong-born artist SofiL

SofiL is a Hong Kong-born Canadian visual artist based in Toronto. She received her Master of Fine Arts from New York Studio School and Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University. SofiL has exhibited across Canada, the United States, and England. Her work is in several private collections in Canada, the United States, and Hong Kong. She is a recipient of the LCU Housing Grant, and numerous scholarships and awards, such as the Concordia Scholarship and the Association of Christian Schools International Fine Arts Festival Awards.


Sofil is also a Featured Artist on the Podcast. Her interview will be published soon


Anna Cyan is also a Featured Artist.


She will be Live Painting


Anna Cyan is a contemporary realist artist. She has traversed a vast terrain of formal and private art education, from Toronto to Los Angeles and New York.

This quest has been in the service of depicting the human form. But realism is not an end in itself. It is a rich storytelling language, capable of showing the movements of the human soul. For Cyan, paint tells the truth of lived experience, in all its frailty and beauty.

Cyan has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Toronto. Her work also hangs in private collections in Canada, USA and Ukraine.


Portfolio site: http://seecyan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cyan.channel
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annacyanstudio/


Anna Cyan will also appear on CUTO Podcast.


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Masterful paintings by Blaine White

I have for many years been interested in and have studied the painting techniques of the old masters. I use this style as a starting point to explore compositions which are not straight imitations of older styles but incorporate contemporary elements. I have used images of statues and architecture and incorporated them into a modern setting. I deliberately chose to do realism over abstract art because I feel I can communicate ideas in a more specific way. I have also depicted historical figures; some of the prime ministers of Canada, politicians, and other personalities.




Artwork about love by artist Amanjoat Gill

All my artwork is about love be it in sexual nature or just admiring the individual. They are all either photography then digital or painting then digital. I sell my artwork starting at $30 and can go up to $150 if wanted on canvas. All the artwork I have shown was made in the last 3 months.






Showcase by Pakistani-Canadian Visual Artist Iman Bhatti


Bhatti is a Pakistani-Canadian Visual Artist and Curator. Her practice explores themes of identity, gender roles, orientalism, and resistance to emphasize the ways in which exposure to images and representations shape perception. Bhatti is currently pursuing the final year of her MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University, from where she also holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting. She is the recipient of the Mrs. W. O. Forsyth Award for Painting and the 2017 CEAD Career Launcher fund. Her works have been exhibited at Daniel Spectrum, Artscape Youngplace and John B. Aird gallery, Mercedez Benz Financial Services.





Showcase by Fine Artist Stefano Bove


is a Toronto based Fine Artist with a background from both Sheridan College and York University. With a focus in acrylic paint, his body of work explores the beauty of our planet and the cosmos with colourful abstract work.



Instagram @stefanobove_art
Facebook @artbystefanobove



Multi-Media Artist Designer Jordan Sparks


Jordan Sparks is a Multimedia Artist, Designer, Technician, and Educator from Toronto. Sparks specializes in Video Production, Graphic Art, Game Design, Photography, and several other fields. He also is a known Educator that has taught over 5000 people across Ontario at several institutions. He is currently a Makerspace Technician at the Royal Ontario Museum. Sparks uses his artistic practice to explore how media can entertain and spark social change.




Shop art (postcards, t-shirts, high fidelity posters, photobook) from the Video Exhibit


(shop opens on Monday 4.20 2020)


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Our next video exhibit is on Friday May 15th. Starts at 7 pm.


Call to Artists - Register below to get on the list



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Podcast – The Beautiful Mind of Contemporary Artist Nicole Little

The Beautiful Mind of Contemporary Artist Nicole Little

Hello, my name is Michael Bolé and I have high functioning Aspergers.

It took me years to acknowledge this to myself and therefore accept myself for what I am. I have come to learn that it isn't a drawback, it’s a trait that allows me to be an artist because when I trigger it right I can hyper-focus.

#KnowThyself #LoveThyself

It's more akin to having a mutant power. Imagine one day you’re living your life and suddenly laser beams shoot out of your eyes; fire everywhere. It's considered a mental illness because society doesn't necessarily know how to deal with anything that doesn’t conform to “normal” standards. Though there has been a greater emphasis on starting the conversation in the past decade; empowering us to come out and talk about it. Society today wants us to be one way but we're not. 

Some of us shoot laser beams out of our eyes, others absorb the essence of people by touching them, others have blue furry skin, and then there are mind readers.

Introducing Artist Nicole Little

When I look at a person and define them as beautiful, it’s with the understanding that beauty isn't just the physical form; it's something within them that pours out. Like a glow; that glow comes from deep within our souls. The positive energy shows through the way we carry ourselves, the things we say, our cadence, mannerism and most importantly our passion.

Insight - Hierarchy of Minds: 4 kinds of mindsets

Our presence can affect the people around us, it’s like a present. 

Nicole Little is a beautiful person and in this episode of the podcast, she takes us through a journey that articulates what she is about. An artist with ADHD, balancing the world of being a mother, and a wife. Through the podcast, we talk about her creative process, dealing with her mental health, free speech and how the internet pushes ideas forward. She also brings up the Cindy Crawford Theory of perfection.

Nicole Little is a beautiful soul because we talked for what appeared to be 10 minutes and if it wasn't for time constraints we'd still be talking. It wouldn't matter what we're talking about because the journey is timeless.

Well, at least for me it was timeless, and I hope it'll be the same for you

Enjoy the podcast

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Shop – Self Portraits of Contemporary Artist Nicole Little

I am an Armenian artist, based in Toronto, Canada.

My work has strong drawing components and centres on themes of finding value in discarded objects and people.

Art slows down time. It swallows boredom and anxiety. Ideas materialize and become compositions. They follow clear and beautiful rules, some written and some known only by instinct.

Art is an access pass to who I am. When I create, I become fully alert. I can focus.

So, it turns out I have a lot of ADHD.

(Perhaps you don’t believe in ADHD and that’s okay. But fortunately for me, neuroscientists do believe in ADHD and they have the brainpower and the brainwaves to prove it.)

My art is dope – it literally gives me a hit of dopamine. When I am creating, my impulsivity is satiated and my ideas run smooth and clear. Challenges, especially visual challenges, activate my ability to concentrate.

Perhaps because I have ADHD, I have not intentionally curated one signature style. Instead, I have followed my interests and developed a variety of artistic modes.

The oldest and most deeply ingrained of these modes is drawing. Even before I learned to draw from life, I have always loved following a line of ink in a doodle as it materialized on the page.

When I was a little girl at an art show, my mother pointed to a painting and whispered a secret in my ear: the artist wasn’t very good. He had put the hands behind his subject’s back so he wouldn’t have to draw them. Whether this was true or not, I later spent a year exclusively drawing hands before I felt up to the challenge of drawing a face.

After that, I drew my family but mostly my grandmother. We lived with her until she had a fall and lost her eye and couldn’t live at home anymore. Drawing her made visiting her easier. I have always struggled to sit still unless I am drawing. It was good to connect with her as an artist. It feels right that, as an Armenian artist, my Armenian grandmother was my first real muse. She was 105 in her last year. I think of her every time I find a older subject, particularly whenever I see the way skin falls over the bones of an elderly hand.

And now, I draw everyone whenever I can. I draw seas of faces and detailed studies. I sketch them. I connect to them. I will never turn down an opportunity to draw a portrait.

I am a mixed media artist. I gravitate toward using discarded materials as the basis for my works. I was in a violent relationship. One evening, my partner ripped up my sketchbook, including a portrait of our infant son. This was a turning point in the relationship and in my artwork. I ran with my son. And I began drawing on lotto tickets and subway maps.

I infuse meaning and beauty back into discarded things and it heals me.

For the last five years, I have worked as a creative for a tech company. I was surprised that my passion translated to that sphere. I made logos and packaging and video commercials. I loved the challenge of the job. I discovered that I like working in a team and that I enjoy leadership. Visual challenges engage me. They connect me to my productivity and give me a sense of value. I am proud of my work in this time period, although I am refocusing on my studio work.

If you have a visual challenge that you would like my help solving, please contact me.

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