This week, we are so excited to welcome Tay Odynski as a new addition to the Calgary Art Market artist roster. From Gord Downie to Twiggy to funky wilderness animals, Tay has an amazing ability to capture personalities and expression in a fresh, bold way. In this post, we peel back a few layers by asking Tay a few fun questions so you can get to know the person behind the brush.
Let’s start by filling in some gaps. First you were born, now you are an awesome artist. What happened in between?
I have been drawing and doodling for as long as I can remember but it was always just a hobby. When I graduated high school, I had no idea I could have a successful career in art, until I found ACAD. I graduated as an Illustrator from the Design program in 2015, and have been a full time freelance artist ever since!
You have a super unique style to your paintings, how would you describe it?
I am a strong believer in allowing the paint to do what it wants naturally, and then working with it! I don’t treat my work very precious and always love experimenting and taking risks directly on the canvas, which always results in a layered, colorful, full of life piece. I use paint, markers, pencil crayons, ink, glitter and really anything I can find 🙂
Style and technique can evolve so much over the years. How has your style changed in the past 5-10 years?
I used to only draw cartoons. Cute little creatures and monsters, never realistic, until one day I tried to paint Robert De Niro and I have literally been the “portrait girl” ever since! In the last three years I have become more experimental with texture and color and I think it is totally visible if you scroll down my instagram feed.
Your art is fearless, fun and bold. Kind of like an awesome party of canvas. With so much colour, vibrancy and shape, how do you know exactly when I piece is finished?
To be honest, I never know what a painting is going to look like when it’s finished and I almost always have to turn a painting towards the wall in a “time out” during the process as I usually go through a faze of dislike 😛 Being able to turn it around from the wall and look at it with fresh eyes always helps the process. When it comes to knowing when a piece of work is complete, not to sound like classic artist, but the painting will literally tell me itself when it’s done! I know the piece is finished when I look at it and it brings me joy (Not to quote Marie Kondo or anything… 😉 )
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
Molotow acrylic paint numbers and glitter! I use them both on every single painting I do!
Now for the big question… You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
First of all, who would give away a free elephant!?! I would for sure name him Raymond and I would for sure go on a cross Canada road trip with him. Let him choose the way, direct the pace, camp together, it’d be a dream!