By: Tiara Chutkhan
Twist started off 2019 with a striking cityscape exhibit that featured a number of talented artists and photographers. Nadia Lloyd’s bold pieces have been a staple to the exhibit. With vibrant colours and heavy brush strokes, her paintings have been a hit with visitors throughout the exhibit.
What inspires your artwork?
The city itself inspires my artwork. I live downtown close to graffiti Alley and just being in the middle of the hustle and bustle and all of the energy and all the culture and colors, that’s really what inspires my work.
Talk about your process- What tools do you use to create?
In terms of my paintings, I mostly paint with acrylic paint, markers and spray paint on canvas. I like to layer my work using all of these different mediums.
What is your personal goal as an artist?
My personal goal as an artist is to explore the evolution of my art. I’ve really enjoyed seeing it evolve over the last eight years and I’m excited to see where it’s going.
When did you first discover art? Did you go to school for it or are you self taught?
I never went to art school, I started painting at the age of 36, I had just sold my fitness business and was getting bored and someone suggested that I should start painting. They went as far as buying me a starter kit of paint and aprons and brushes etc., and eventually I picked up a brush, started painting and have never looked back.
How do you go about titling your pieces?
Usually the titles come to me fairly easily and are based on the inspiration for the pieces, but sometimes I do get stuck and I just leave them untitled until the inspiration finally strikes.
How has your art/ style evolved over time?
I would say that it’s getting bolder, and I’m taking more chances, and it’s paying off in that the pieces now have more depth.
How do you come up with ideas for your artwork?
I don’t usually have any ideas, it’s more of an urge an impulse to paint and so I make my way to the easel and I wait to see what will come. I never know if it’s going to be an abstract, graffiti, or a skyline piece, or a combination of the three. I really do love that surprise aspect of things.
Do you have a particular piece that has a special connection to you?
I have lots of pieces that I have a connection with, one of them is called “Simply Blue” And it measures 24” x 24”, and what is so special about it is that it was the first time I painted on at the time, such a large canvas, and also it was the first time I’d painted and was able to stand back and realize that I had created something quite special and beautiful. I won’t be parting with that piece anytime soon.
What is it like to be an artist in 2019?
I think it’s a great time to be an artist, because there are so many tools and resources at your disposal to help you get your art out there! From social media to all of these companies that let you print your art on various products, there’s so many ways that you can share your work, and you’re no longer limited to just canvases, and you’re no longer limited to just galleries! You can really choose how you want to market yourself and go from there!
Who are some of your favourite artists?
A few of my favourites are Gerhard Richter out of Germany, Michelle Keck out of the US and Corno Who was from Montreal. She passed away a few years ago
Keep up to date with Nadia on social media!
@nadialloydTO on all platforms and visit her website: https://nadialloyd.com