Hey! My name is Alicia Zofia and I am a self-taught artist specializing in watercolour painting. My style can be described as a unique combination of realism with an abstract sense of colour. Although I mainly paint with watercolours, I have an irrefutable passion for all things colourful and creative, and I love to play and experiment with all forms of artistic expression!
I only recently moved to Toronto and I feel so grateful that I was able to become involved with the Nooks community this summer. I travel and move around a lot, so having the opportunity to connect with like-minded artists and artisans so quickly after relocating to a new city has been amazing and inspiring. I have had a difficult time remaining sedentary up until this point in my life, and although a nomadic sort of lifestyle has served me well by stimulating new artistic inspiration and prompting me to focus more on self-development and self-love, I can’t stop dreaming of finally having a more permanent place to paint, create, and call home. Who knows, maybe Toronto is that place of my dreams!
Art + Passion
My favourite thing about having my own art business is that it’s my own little world where I can create and express myself in any way that I like. It truly is an incredible feeling to have complete autonomy over what you create and share with the world. I view my art as less of a business and more of a way of exposing a little piece of my soul to anyone who is interested in seeing it. Through posting my work online, selling prints, and painting commissions, I have been able to connect with so many people that I otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet.
Art also my outlet for anything and everything that doesn’t follow the conventional flow of life. I’m an engineer by trade, and it’s important for me that I satisfy both my scientific and artistic interests in order to balance both my left and right brain tendencies. This pursuit has been challenging at times, and I usually have way too many irons in the fire and end up burning myself out, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Another passion of mine is helping and inspiring others to create. I absolutely love it when someone comes to me with questions on how they can start painting. I truly think everybody needs some sort of side hustle or expression of art in their lives, whether it’s music, acting, illustration, photography, etc. I have found that so many people suppress their artistic side, or never even try to find out what their creative outlet is or could be. I have always been fascinated with how everyone’s idea of original expression varies from person to person. I think that your “art” is essentially an embodiment of your identity. I say this so confidently because I believe that all humans are capable of remarkable creativity and are inherently meant to express it in one form or another, so I think it’s quite unfortunate how many people just say that that don’t have the time for it. Make the time!
A Journey of Self Discovery
I always used to think that my art lacked any sort of real message and would not necessarily evoke any deep and intimate feelings from an observer. Objectively speaking, my art is basically a collection of colourful animals painted with a spontaneous, messy, and playful hand. But I’ve realized now that through painting in this way, I was simply striving to embody and emulate that kind of life – an unpredictable, spontaneous and colourful way of living. I feel like I’m finally at a point where my art currently reflects that state of being, however, it wasn’t always that way.
After graduating from university, I started my first engineering consulting job, where I worked for about two years. I quickly discovered that I loathed bureaucratic tedium and didn’t do well with routine work. I was also striving to find an emotional and moral connection to my job that just wasn’t there, and as a result of forcing myself to endure it anyways, it took a huge toll on my happiness. Despite this, I was painting more than ever, and continued to use a bright colour palette. I think that I was essentially feeding myself hope and optimism by continuing to create vibrant paintings. Once I finally made the decision to quit my job and sever the relationships that were hindering my happiness, I began to feel so much more connected to my artistic style. It’s funny how it all kind of came around full circle in that way.
I am a huge advocate for supporting your local makers, movers, and shakers! In my opinion, there is no better gift than something handmade. The thing that brings me the most joy as a small business owner and artist is when someone comes up to my table at an art fair, flips through my paintings, and finds that “perfect painting” that their daughter/wife/friend will love. Isn’t a gift like that so much better than something you just half-heartedly pick out for someone at Winners? I think so. Shop local!