Orun_NLIt’s hard to not stop what you’re doing and just stare in awe when you come across one of Sara Golish‘s paintings. Her work is striking, and her detail is beautifully precise.

Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Golish has called Toronto home for the past twelve years where she currently works as a freelance artist.

What inspires you the most to continue to create?
The love of creating and the amazement I sometimes feel when looking at what somehow came out of my crazy artist brain when a piece is finished. Not in an egotistical way, but more so baffled at how my mind comes up with certain concepts and how my hand is the physical extension of that. It’s a feeling of accomplishment, satisfaction, fulfillment and fascination.

How long did it take you to develop your current style?
I believe I’ve been developing it since I was a child and I’m still developing it. It’s not something that just happens (at least not for me) but rather harnessed over years and years of experience and experimenting. I’m not sure if it will ever end, as I see it as a lifelong progression.

How much did social media play a role in your success?
Social media has been so paramount to my work getting out to the masses. I’m so incredibly grateful for the role it’s played in this internet age. I know I wouldn’t be where I am yet if I had to just rely on galleries and word of mouth, as things used to be for artists. Sharing is so easy these days and people are constantly doing it. Whereas in pre-internet/social media days word of mouth would move much slower. You wouldn’t be able to simply pull up a screen, website or image to show someone something and then have them jump on the wagon and follow you too. It’s really amazing.

What made you gravitate to drawing and painting black models?
Women of colour are of course gorgeous, filled with so much rich and varying histories and cultures from all over the world and yet have been marginalized forever it seems. Not portrayed positively or empowered in most of what we know as art history, in the media and elsewhere. So why not create uplifting and positive imagery of people that are inspiring, strong, beautiful and so much more, to be shown and represented to reflect all those things and where there has been a huge lack?

What was the inspiration behind your gorgeous Moondust series?
It was a few things. First, being a fusion of my quick ink sketches I’d do in my sketchbooks combined with my more rendered/representational drawing style. In terms of content and subject matter, it was highly inspired by the Afrofuturism and Natural Hair movements.

Where do you hope your career / art takes you?
That it will physically take me away from the cold and uninspiring climate I currently live in, to somewhere in the tropics surrounded by fresh warm air, the ocean and lush greenery with palm trees galore! That is where I will spend the rest of my life, living happily and simply, working on my art, living off the land and off the grid as much as possible.

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Brnesh Berhe

Brnesh is from Edmonton, Alberta and started Marker in 2013. She spends her "free time" as a graphic designer and freelance writer, and has worked with/contributed to Vancouver Weekly, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. Challenge her to a game of Seinfeld trivia and you will surely regret it.

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