Wonderfully Disturbing Stipple Illustrations from Self-Taught Artist Heather Gwinn

Wonderfully Disturbing Stipple Illustrations from Self-Taught Artist Heather Gwinn

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Heather Gwinn, also known as Blowfish Armageddon is a self-taught artist who discovered a desire to create art as an adult after reading Tove Jansson’s The True Deceiver in 2011. As Heather tells it, "I was taken with (the character) Anna’s desire to illustrate tiny patches of the forest floor.  It sounded appealing to niggle away at the small details and dirty bits and tiny nubs of beauty that most of us miss. The idea stuck with me and I found myself looking closely at plants and noticing all of the detail that I had never seen before.   "In the summer of 2012 I had a brief flash of depression (I’m getting older and hormones are a fright).  Never having been depressed before I was startled by the despondency and tried to…
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Conscious, Layered Art from Maria Vassiliou

Conscious, Layered Art from Maria Vassiliou

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I've often felt that growth comes as an extension of self-creation and experimentation. That same could be said for Maria Vassiliou's growth as an artist. I first became aware of her through a mutual friend, WallBreaker Rob MacNeil, who photographed Maria in a whimsical series he called "Wonder Woman." Maria is as comfortable being the artist's subject as she is being the artist. No matter our age or life experience, we've got to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone to grow as artists. Living in a cosmopolitan city like Toronto, Ca has definitely helped Maria become exposed to tons of art and culture, and her sense of pop culture history, color theory, and collage composition spans generations. Life's too short to be shy! Maria's the curious type. She's open, present, and…
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Robert MacNeil’s “Until The Very End”

Robert MacNeil’s “Until The Very End”

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Toronto-based photographer Robert MacNeil recently submitted some of his most recent work to me and I thought it very fitting for this month's topic of Vulnerability. Robert calls this series "Until the Very End," and the meaning is muti-layered. He explained why and how this series came about:   "The series "Until the very end" evolved through several magazine shoots with various models. Over time you get to know the models. Many of the models I've photographed have become friends. Sometimes we'll talk for hours on end. The average viewer sees beautiful models, but has no idea of the challenges they have faced or face everyday with their inner being.   "Like most people, they are judged on their looks, but models are sometimes judged solely on their looks. You're too…
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