Artist member since 2020
Mekayla Dionne is an emerging Métis abstract painter. She was born in 1997 and spent her childhood in a small rural town in Ontario. Her love of art started at a young age, drawing and painting on anything she could get her hands on, and eventually taking it more seriously throughout high-school, in which she had a very encouraging Art Teacher who was a painter herself. After high-school she moved to Toronto to attend the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University and obtained a Bachelors of Fine Art in Drawing & Painting. Throughout her years in University she developed an interest in abstract art, drawing inspiration from the world around her including nature, music, and the city. Post-graduation she immediately began working as an Art Teacher and Program Manager at a local non-profit called Art City which offers free art classes to children and youth in St. James Town, Toronto. Mekayla has continued to develop her professional practice and has participated in a variety of exhibitions, publications, and collaborations since graduating.
Mekayla’s art is always evolving and shifting from one thing to the next. Currently she is working in large scale abstract paintings primarily with acrylic and oil paint. She uses many layers to create landscape-esque forms and interesting compositions. Her art is intended to be accessible to people of all ages and levels of art knowledge. She creates visual adventures using colour combinations and shapes, as well as creating paths for your eye to travel around the work.
STUDIO MOVING SALE: July 15th until August 15th, ALL artwork 20% off (applied at check-out) when you message me code “MOVING”. I will be moving to a smaller space and would love to find my larger work new homes!
Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?
Art is an experience that allows us to see other points of view and life experiences. Art allows us to be more understanding of the world around us.
Describe the person your work appeals to in 3 words
Adventurous, Patient, Joyful
Acrylic is my all time favourite!
When did you start making art, and why?
I started making art when I was very very young, I always had a desire to make the images in my mind come to life. Over time, that has morphed from realism to abstraction.
When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...
At work at a non-profit, that provides free art lessons to children, or cycling around the city of Toronto.
What do you listen to when you work?
Podcast about history, crime, or both!
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