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Nicole Charles and Madeline Gross on Their Careers as Artists

artist nicole charles and madeline gross

At this level, we don’t should inform you that Toronto is a hotbed of expertise. It’s the birthplace of Coveteur, afterall. All kidding apart, we regress, as a result of it’s the opposite creatives that deserve the highlight. Take Nicole Charles and Madeline Gross, two budding visible artists who, once they’re not exercising their craft with paint and movie, are getting inspiration from their lively life across the metropolis. However because the climate within the Nice White North isn’t so scorching proper now, we thought it was the right time for a warm-weather throwback, once we frolicked with each ladies on the waterfront. Sure, Toronto has a waterfront. Outfitted with their Nike Air Max 270 Flyknits, we went out on the pavement to eavesdrop whereas the 2 chatting profession achievements, challenges, and discovering inspiration within the metropolis they name house.


artist nicole charles and madeline gross
artist nicole charles and madeline gross


Medium: Acrylic ink on acrylic panels

Breakfast order: Egg in a basket with avocado, aged white cheddar, olive oil, salt and pepper

Zodiac Signal: Taurus

Neighborhood: Queen West

Most inspirational metropolis: Kyoto

artist nicole charles and madeline gross
artist nicole charles and madeline gross

Slightly about her profession trajectory:

“After university, I moved to Japan and taught English for a couple years. When I came back to Canada, I worked in interior design for a bit and now I work as a graphic designer at Indigo. I work on art and other creative projects as much as possible.”

The primary time she fell in love with artwork:

“I always loved crafting and making things. I remember making 3D beaded animals with a friend, I think we were four years old. We used Hungarian instruction booklets—I could speak the language but couldn’t read it so I remember looking at the diagrams.”

When she realizes artwork could possibly be a profitable aspect hustle:

“When people wanted to purchase my work. It’s a strange feeling when you realize someone wants to give you money for a thing you made.”

How she ended up working with acrylic:

“It was an organic process. When I worked in interior design, the tactile quality of samples gave me the desire to experiment with new materials. After that, it was trial and error until I found these. I loved the way the acrylic ink interacted with the smooth acrylic surfaces and the shadows the paint cast on the back surface.”


artist nicole charles and madeline gross

However there are challenges with that medium:

“Acrylic scratches easily and acrylic ink can be scratched off the surface of the acrylic panels during production if I’m not careful. These pieces must be created on a horizontal plane, which means more studio or working space is required since they are multi-paneled, especially when creating large pieces. Also, large pieces can get quite heavy and make the production process and moving around finished work more challenging.”

What different inventive mediums she’s trying to discover:

“Yes, I’m excited to explore sculpture and paint on canvas again. I’ve also been writing and illustrating more recently.”

The place she finds inspiration:

“The shapes and colors of objects, a crack in the sidewalk that looks like a face, music, poetry, conversation, moments, a feeling, other artists.”

How dwelling a wholesome way of life helps her artistic course of:

“When I am well rested, feel healthy and positive, I can better connect with my creative energy and have a greater desire to create. However, when preparing for shows (or procrastinating that) I can easily feel overwhelmed, overworked and sleep deprived. It’s hard to achieve the right balance sometimes. Also, the acrylic panels can be quite heavy, so it can be physically more taxing constantly moving layers around while making work.”


artist nicole charles and madeline gross
artist nicole charles and madeline gross
artist nicole charles and madeline gross

How an lively way of life influences her type:

“I often choose comfort first in terms of my personal style, so a great pair of sneakers is a staple in my wardrobe. The Nike Free RN sneakers I got are so comfortable, I wore them everyday this summer.”

How fashion influences her work:

“My personal style and the style of my working environment definitely influence my comfort level, productivity and overall happiness when I work.”

How she will get over a artistic block:

“Go for a walk, hang out with friends, watch a movie. Do something unrelated and go back with a fresh mind and perspective.”

Her favourite snack to recover from a 3pm stoop:

“Cheese and crackers.”

What she has in retailer for 2019:

“I’m building an online shop,, which I hope to launch in the next month. It will be a departure from my fine art—products with illustrations that are fun, quirky, cheeky, in a more accessible in price and aesthetic. You can follow on Instagram for launch dates and products. I’m also working on a group project/exhibition, hopefully launching in the next few months, a potential art show in Tokyo later in the year, and I just started learning piano!”


artist nicole charles and madeline gross


Medium: Acrylic paint on (archival pigment) photograph print

Breakfast order: Blueberry pancakes with a smoothie, or the basic bagel cream cheese [and] lox combo

Zodiac Signal: Aries

Neighborhood: North York

Most inspirational metropolis: Paris

artist nicole charles and madeline gross
artist nicole charles and madeline gross

Her profession has taken her in a couple of totally different instructions:

“I studied photography at OCAD and graduated in 2015. I first experimented with this medium in 2014, and since then I have exhibited my work in Toronto, Miami, and New York. I sell my art independently across the globe and on my site, which has limited edition prints. Some of my original pieces are also sold on Saatchi. I do commissioned work for magazines, custom paint on leather bags, and my work has been featured on a perfume bottle as well as some Skateboards. I’ve also worked as a product [and] e-comm photographer for a few retailers including TNT x Farfetch and Elte.”

When she first fell in love with artwork:

“I was always drawing and painting as a little girl. When I really discovered art, I was around six years old. I would draw self-portraits of how I imagined myself when I grew up; hair in two high ponytails, hot pink dress, and platform shoes—pretty much renditions of Baby Spice. I also loved drawing portraits of my family and friends. My mom would turn our kitchen into an art gallery, covering the walls with all my drawings, constantly changing it up for our viewers, a.k.a my grandparents. It was the best feeling. My mom gave me the confidence to pursue art.”

The place did the thought to color on pictures got here from:

“I thought to combine the two mediums to abstract what we see every day and make it art. A way to abstract landscape without completely abstracting reality. I wanted to create a new narrative with the added paint strokes and, in a way, add a different perspective to photography.”


artist nicole charles and madeline gross

This specific medium could be tough at occasions:

“You have to be pretty precise and know where you want to add the paint because you can’t really get that part of the photograph back after. I don’t like to print the same photo twice—sometimes it loses the novelty for me. I don’t like to overthink it too much. I get really excited and eager to start new prints.”

The place she finds inspiration:

“I draw most of my inspiration from nature and mild. I attempt to create textures and implement motion. If it’s a seashore picture, I’ll mimic the waves within the ocean or the sensation of that recent breeze on your face. I’m additionally fascinated by individuals watching—it’s fascinating to catch somebody of their pure state (particularly in a state of a bliss). I need to take [the] viewer out of their head for a second [so they can] cease and take a look at one thing lovely.

“I believe the added paint strokes make the images more relatable by taking the identity out. It can spark old memories or daydreams of being in a similar setting. I try to emulate the movement of the setting and the people who were in it. Especially when I paint figuratively, I think back at how being there made me feel and have the abstracted figure represents that. I want to take that back to my viewer so they feel like they are in that setting.”

Her favourite solution to recover from a artistic block:

“I’ll take a step back from a painting. Looking at it from a farther perspective helps from overdoing it or painting too impulsively. I like to take a break and go for a walk and come back to it with a more clear head. I also find changing up the medium can help with a creative block. I’ll play with pastels or do some sketching in between and can [then] come back to the piece a little fresher.”


artist nicole charles and madeline gross
artist nicole charles and madeline gross
artist nicole charles and madeline gross

How health and wellness play into her artwork:

“I attempt to keep lively as a lot as I can. In the summertime, I like to bike, take lengthy walks with my canine, and swim. It undoubtedly helps my psychological state. Within the colder seasons, I attempt to go to the health club or health courses (yoga, spin). Typically it’s a wrestle to go away the home so I put on these 20 minute exercise movies from the 80s, which has confirmed to be nice cardio and additionally fairly humorous.

“Artwork has all the time been an essential issue to my psychological wellness and it has helped me get by way of quite a bit in my life. Grief, melancholy, and nervousness all get muted for a second once I immerse myself into a brand new portray. Self-care is a excessive precedence for me as it ought to be for everybody.

“Recently, I’ve stopped looking at social media first thing in the morning and it has improved my mental state and start to my day. I’ve done some meditating in the past and I’d definitely like to get into it more. I’m still working on a routine that works for my schedule.”

What we will anticipate to see from her in 2019:

“I’m going to hopefully exhibit my work more and travel to new destinations. I’m also working on some collaborative projects.”


Prime photograph: Painted by Madeleine Gross


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