by Monika Blichar
I love learning about why artists do what they do. I find it fascinating what drives people to want to pursue their craft and passion and always try to study those who are passionate about what they do. What is it that drives us to follow our dream, act on our ideas or pursue our goals?
Today I caught up with Edmonton based artist Aryn Effert who tells us about how she started in art and what inspires her to continue to pursue her creative side. Aryn’s work is featured on the Edmonton event flyer this year and we choose it as it demonstrated a connectivity between living things which also reflects our mission expanding the Art World Expo into new cities such as Edmonton and Toronto. Intriguing, inspiring and insightful, Aryn’s work is one that cannot be missed at the Muttart on March 16.
1-When did you start painting and what made you want to be a professional artist?
I started when I was a child, my Mom ensured I always had pencils and paints; she registered me in nature drawing classes and my family has always encouraged me. The professional part is relatively new, having met some wonderful local Artists through Kaleido they inspired me to give it a try.
2-What has been your greatest inspiration so far?
Animals and Architecture. Animals for the challenge in capturing their personalities in the painting or sketch, their movement and the depth of colour in their fur or fins. With Architecture it stems from a love of unique structures and well built and designed buildings, growing up my Dad cultivated my interest in construction and design.
3-Your painting is featured on the Art World Expo Edmonton flyer. Could you tell us about this piece and what inspired you to create it?
Intersections started out as a concept of paths crossing. It evolved to depict the two male Betta fish at a point where the viewer is unsure if a battle is about to start or if they will continue on their own way. I began painting it after my own life seemed to have strangely aligned intersections with others’ lives.
4-What can guests expect to see at your booth? Will you have any contests, sales or special promotions just for Art World attendees?
Several new pieces based on Edmonton are in the works, specials on my older paintings that I hope to send off to new homes and prints & postcards of my paintings and photographs taken here in Edmonton.
5-In five years, where would you like to see your art business?
Continuing it as a part time joy, creating it, sharing it with others, enjoying others works and company along the way. In 5 years I hope to be well on my way to becoming an Architect, using art as a means of communicating my visions.
6-Just for fun: What is your favourite meal and why?
That’s a hard one! I have to say the Palak Paneer on Saffron Rice by Indian Fusion; it looks terrible but has such a rich and savory taste! I enjoy the initial reactions of people who haven’t had it before, the horror at the color and the way their eyes light up at the first bite; truly delightful!
To learn more about Aryn, visit her Facebook Page and be sure to visit her at the Art World Expo Edmonton at the Muttart Conservatory on March 16! Get your ticket today!