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one of Toronto's local featured artist and vintage dealers

A few words from Montina

Art has and always has been at the center of who I am.

As a child, I would create art as a way of putting things into words even before I was ready to understand them. Today, as an academically trained painter, I create commissioned portraits that are expressionist in style but also loud, colourful and multilayered.

I approach every commission the same way

with complete openness to the flow of the brush.

While I might start with a reference photo of my subject

I let the looseness of my brush build and layer the canvas with colour and atmosphere.

My objective is not to paint an exact replica of an image

rather allow the fortunate accidents of paint

and colour to create an entirely new thing.

As a new mother, much of current work is an expression of the joys of motherhood.

I’ve even started collaborating with my son on colourful abstract work.

This is a way to get him involved in the studio and prove that an art career doesn't have to be put on hold when you have a child!

After graduation from OCAD University,

I had a new sense of purpose and wanted to paint joy again. This led me to exploring landscapes which are imagined and thick with dances of colour and movement.

The way I work is completely proportionate to the energetic imprint

I leave in my daily life.

I am an energetic clumsy firecracker and this acts as a fingerprint to my work.

The first layers are extreme impulses with vibrant colours and loose shapes and loud hues. I will come to the same painting numerous times over the span of weeks, adding a new layer that slowly brings the figure into focus.

I now surrender to the role of motherhood

and what my son teaches me about being a sensory organ.

In the studio I am researching loud colours

and aggressive and various mark making.

I embraces the fortunate accidents of paint, letting each layer soak in

as I wait for my next impulse.

Check out her wonderful body of different work

with all things

~art and vintage ~

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