Layal Annan

Fine Artist

Layal Annan The Blue Door

Painting has always been part of my life.   It is a passion that helps me use my imagination to create scenes and places filled with happy colors. I began experimenting with different drawing techniques and later studied art and painting at a local art college, under the mentorship of several accomplished painters. In 2000, I decided to incorporate computer graphics into my techniques and took a one-year course at The International Academy of Design in Toronto and graduated with honors. My favorite subjects are architectural detail and landscape, combined with strong colors. I have become well known for the bold, colorful technique in my paintings. Through the years,  I have created many posters for fashion companies and store windows. I choose my subjects from any scene that moves me, and then I proceed to put the elements in a different setting to create the certain mood that I’m looking for.  My paintings are whimsical, in an imaginary place. I want people to look at the painting and say I want to be there, or feel they are in that imaginary world.  I find painting a silent communication between the artist and the viewer, a beautiful happy world, a reflection of me when I’m painting. It is an emotional trip. I try to immerse myself in the subject and moment. Every brush stroke is full of anticipation and passion for my work. My works have been shown in a number of art exhibits throughout my career. I have worked extensively in advertising, creating posters for local and international companies, including the implementation of window displays and posters for fashion, interior design and jewelry retailers. My work has also been published in magazines like Elite wine, food and travel magazine and Canadian House and Home. I teach oil and acrylics at workshops and I love what I do.  My students constantly inspire me, whether they are talented or just wanting to experiment. I try to teach them how to feel the connection between the subject matter and their own feelings and most importantly how to enjoy painting. I take my work seriously, researching and exploring new ways and media to improve.  I find any challenge an opportunity to learn and discover new techniques. I consider myself lucky to be a full time artist and to have the encouragement of my family. I have been living in Mississauga for over twenty years.

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