Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!
Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating?
Ayleen Wood: Since I could remember!
Do you work with other mediums?
Yes! I love to experiment with going back and forth between digital & traditional. I dabble in illustration, painting (of all sorts), and even graphic design.
Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
First it’s a brewing idea, then write or draw out inspirations, create a list of how I would like to execute my process, and then dive in! It’s always great to step back as well and give a piece some breathing time - avoids tunnel vision and overworking.
Tell us about where your inspiration for your art comes from?
Depends on my mood and the piece! The majority of my inspiration comes from my family and how they express themselves.
Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc.?
My art bounces against the rhythm of feelings or trends. I don’t have any specific direction - however I am heavily inspired by Japanese culture & the philosophy of Ikagi.
Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
Oh gosh! There are so many that super special. But, if I had to choose only one, definitely my piece “Takeshita Street” from 2017 was an enormous challenge and the most adventurous piece I’ve done. I think it best represents my ambition in art.
What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Poverty, lack of security and moving from home to home. There’s a lot of darkness I’ve gone through, but I’ve always been very optimistic. So, if you follow my art you can see the parallels between the soft/sweet pieces VS the dark/emotional ones.
If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
I have many ideas brewing for more oil paintings - both political & symbolic. I just don’t have the space - so I’m excited for a warmer garage to paint in by this summer!
Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
French pressed, dark roast & black! But my weakness is a good ol’ cappuccino.