Bearing Your Soul: Toronto-Based Artist Hayley Axelrad on Inspiration, Painting in the Pandemic, and Breaking with Tradition

The first artistic movement I was introduced to was Impressionism. My mom was really into art, she would take us to museums and show us art books. I really got into the impressionists and I feel like I’ve always stayed true to that style in my own work. Over the years I’ve come to appreciate other artists. My favorite artists right now are Matisse and David Hockney, and more contemporary ones are like Chloe Wise and Mark Tennant. I’m really inspired by pop culture, movies, and nature. 

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