We are so thrilled to announce the Launch of our new collection this week, featuring artwork by the talented Michaela Nessim. We wanted to get to know her a little better, and we thought you should too! Here are some interesting facts about our newest collaborator, and what makes her tick.
Q: Have you always known you wanted to be an artist, or did you stumble upon your passion?
A: I have always been creative and looking back I was always drawing and trying to find my voice beyond language - I grew up speaking Swedish and English but I was very shy and couldn’t figure out which culture I related to more. Art always felt like the best way for me to express myself a place where I could be authentic without words. I never called myself an artist until much, much later since I thought you had to be so accomplished before you could use that title. To me it was only after much work and evolution that I felt I had earned the title ‘artist’ but looking back that’s always what I was.
Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from when creating your artwork?
A: Most of my inspiration comes from within. I long for certain colours because they make me feel at home. I draw inspiration from my surroundings but use my own background as a tool to create my own creative language. The light is important in my work and that comes from being born in Sweden and spending all my summers there but the colours in my work are inspired by my Jamaican mother who worked as an interior decorator.
Q: Who are a few of your favourite artists, Canadian or otherwise?
A: I love the impressionists the most - though I am not technically an impressionist painter since I imagine all my art - which makes it abstract. I love the technique the impressionists used. The art that has moved me the most in my life are the pastel drawings by Degas that used to be at the Musee D’Orsay. I also love Monet’s flowers.
As for more contemporary artists I am very drawn to Brian Rutenburg vivid colours as well as the Scottish artist Scott Naismith (below) for the same reason.
Q: Where is your favourite place to work?
A: I am not too picky about where I work anymore as long as the lighting is good and I don’t have to worry about the paint ruining anything since I am quite messy.
Q: Name a few of your favourite Art Galleries around the world.
A: I haven’t had the opportunity to visit as many galleries as I would like around the world - I tend to go back to the same places over and over. I truly enjoy visiting individual artist studios and finding emerging artists that haven’t yet been discovered and helping to encourage them to keep going. Other than that my answer isn’t very original - the collection of impressionist art at the Musee D’Orsay in Paris always brings tears of joy.
Q: What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A: just be genuine.
Q: If you had to pick one, which would be your favourite piece of Art that you have ever created, and why?
A: I have one landscape that has so much warmth… It’s inspired by autumn and I have never wanted to sell it. It feels like a place I always want to return to.
Q: What is your all-time favourite piece of Art by another artist?
A: I don’t have one favorite… that would be too difficult for me. But my first love was Degas’ pastel drawings of dancers.