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Whatever Man

Mary Haasdyk

Calgary, AB, Canada

Mary Haasdyk

Mary Haasdyk

Calgary, AB, Canada

About the Artist

Mary Haasdyk is a Calgary-based illustrator. She studied at Alberta College of Art +Design and enjoys drawing and painting both traditionally and digitally. Her work includes public art, editorial and publishing.

CA: What stands out for you as one of your favourite career highlights so far?

MH: I've just finished up doing a couple murals for ATB financial, and they were really fun pieces to do. I was given a lot of freedom to explore and have fun during the process which made it especially enjoyable! They are also the larges pieces I've done, so it will be interesting to see what they are like at full size.

CA: What are you currently working on?

MH: Right now I am working on a series of banners and bin wraps for a local community. After getting to know the community a bit, I'm creating images that celebrate the uniqueness of this community and the residents who live there. It's a lot of fun to see your artwork living outdoors and influenced by the seasons and changing weather.

CA: How’d you get started as an artist/musician?

MH: I've always enjoyed drawing and creating as long as I can remember - my mum is an artist and so I learned to appreciate and enjoy art from a young age. I am glad to have been encouraged to pursue art when I had the opportunity.

CA: Who or what influences your art?

MH: People-watching and personal experience influences my art. Looking at other artist work, children's books, and taking time to explore outside are all things that inspire what I do. I enjoy story-telling and aim to incorporate narratives into each illustration I do.

CA: What is your creative process like?

MH: I love the problem-solving aspect of illustration and always start with pretty extensive brain-storming and idea exploration before moving onto thumbnails and into final artwork. My work always starts as a drawing and then after moving that onto the computer, I can experiment with colour and texture digitally, usually compelling layers of hand-painted textures and drawing together.

CA: How do you feel our Art + Brewing initiative can benefit emerging artists?

MH: I love the mutual inspiration and strength that comes from collaborating. Having the opportunity to contribute artwork to a series provides the change to share work with people who may not otherwise see it. Art and brewing are both art forms, and together created a unique product.


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