I’m so happy to have you here!
I’m a multidisciplinary artist: I draw, paint, illustrate, write and create collage.
I live in Montreal, Canada with my husband and my dog Boris.
I’ve always loved to teach myself things. I usually take a couple of classes and then I piece together additional skills I want to have. In this way I’ve learned to play a guitar, to code, to knit. I’ve learned digital marketing, e-commerce and many other things, so it was clear that I could teach myself how to draw.
But I fell into a trap
I tried to monetize my art and I got lost in the “what would sell” instead of “what I want to make”. Needless to say, a lot of sadness and frustration ensued. Much energy and time was lost until summer of 2019 when I took a month long break from new information and really set to find what I wanted to make.
I was conflicted about not having formal art education. I have a BA in Marketing and an MA in Librarianship and yet, it seemed that I was still lacking legitimacy.
By accident I stumbled on an interview with Beatrice Allemagna, a celebrated prize winning children’s book illustrator in which she said she’s completely self-taught and proud of it. She is one of my biggest inspirations.
What I do now
Besides making personal work (this is my pop-up gallery) and commissioned portraits, I encourage and mentor self-taught artists to find their voice and the art they truly want to make. I help them to avoid unnecessary detours and discouragement because we chase the wrong thing.
I do this in a few different ways, I:
- Write thoughtful, in-depth guides to find our creative independence. No fluff and no commonplace advice.
- Create specific worksheets to move forward with purpose,
- Host creative co-working sessions on Patreon
- Offer mentorship to artists who feel they need to reclaim their creative sovereignty.
If you have any questions about the above, don’t hesitate to contact me!
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