Nuvei’s Talents: Painting
Emily Dunford is a Project Coordinator here at Nuvei. She is also a talented artist who inherited her passion for painting from her mom. We asked Emily to tell us about her art.
How did you get into art?
My mom is a painter. She never sold her work, but she always painted for pleasure. I was very young when she taught me how to hold a paintbrush, create depth, etc. Growing up I never watched TV. I would always play the piano or paint.
Were you painting all your life?
I took a short pause at some point until I was 22 years old and then started again. This time I was not only painting for pleasure but sold my work too. Interestingly enough, one of my paintings paid for my one-way ticket from Winnipeg to Montreal.
What were you doing in Montreal when you moved?
I was studying at Concordia University. I had two years of painting and sculpture and at the same time, I started selling quite a bit of art.
How do you find buyers?
It all started with friends and family. Then the word traveled and I started getting referrals. A few people at Nuvei ordered commissioned paintings from me as well.
Before the pandemic, there was also this amazing event called the Art Battle. The idea was simple – 12 artists were each given 20 minutes to paint something live while the audience was watching the process. Each artist was provided with the same set of supplies to make it fair. Once the time was up, the crowd could vote for the best artwork. The top three moved on to the next round and got a chance to win a prize. It was a good platform to introduce yourself to the art scene and get potential clients to commission paintings. I ended up getting a few referrals from the organizer of the event.
I also have my work up at the DBC Gallery, but because of the pandemic, it has been closed. Once we are back to normal, I expect to get some sales from there as well.
What is your style?
I would say expressionism, abstract, abstract-realism.
Why do you like painting?
I like painting because I like taking contrasting elements and putting them up against each other as a mix of realism and abstract. I get to control the story in the painting, and it is a form of meditation. Painting makes all the thoughts go away and make your mind focus on what is in front of you on the canvas.