Jacqueline Pytyck: Wild Flowers

Released Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wild Flowers, by Jacqueline Pytyck.
15% of the sale of this print goes to The Shama Foundation.

Jacqueline Pytyck is a Canadian-based illustrator who graduated from OCAD with a bachelor’s degree in design two years ago.

Jacqueline creates decorative images that belie their conceptual roots. Her objective is to transform lesser-known concepts into more enticing ones. Her main mediums consist of watercolours and computer, though she keeps an open mind to other mediums. Jacqueline is fortunate to have worked with a diverse clientele composed of various publications, apparel, and print companies such as: Maclean's Magazine, Monsterthreads, Thumbtack Press, and Wilkintie.

About the print:
Wild Flowers is an interpretation of Daucus carota, also known amidst its aliases as the Wild Carrot Flower. Although considered a weed among agriculturists, botanists deem it a fascinating specimen, because it is a rapidly occurring beauty. By pairing this particular plant with rabbits, I wanted to playfully compare the reproductive nature of both species.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof. The original artwork is a combination of watercolor with digital elements.


What is your process?
I begin with a watercolour base to establish the overall mood and texture of an illustration. I then use the computer as a means of piecing the work together. The process can be described as an eclectic fusion of traditional and digital tools. Typically, half of the image relies on creative intuition while the other half is dependent upon the conceptual research and technical design of the piece.

What has inspired you recently?
Recently, I relocated from the big city of Toronto to a smaller one that is cradled within nature. The experience has literally allowed me to 'stop and smell the flowers'.

Why did you choose to pair the Shama Foundation with your print?
It was very difficult to choose one charity amongst so many good causes. In the end, I chose The Shama Foundation of Madagascar. The charity invests its efforts toward strengthening the futures and wisdom of impoverished youth in Madagascar. In effect, these individuals will have the opportunity and skills required to create a knowledgeable and sustainable community.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
Art has transformed the world in so many ways. Likewise, the world has transformed art. I wouldn't know where to begin; it is constantly evolving.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
I think it would be impossible for me to just pick just one or even ten for that matter. Everyone who is an artist has taught me in some way or another.

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