Interview with self taught artist Summer Raayn

self taught artist, Summer Raayn

I love the clean, contrasted look of pen on paper and the freedom it gives me to create.

I had the privilege to interview self taught artist Summer Raayn. Known for her detailed surreal artwork made with pens. She also enjoys using watercolor paints and will be a featured artist during RAW Edmonton March 22: Read the interview to find out more.

Summer Raayn

Tell us about yourself and what you do 
I am a Calgary-born artist who has called Edmonton home for the past four years. I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember and have always been interested in the fantastic, getting inspiration from the places I’ve been, people I’ve seen, and my own experiences as a queer artist.

Who has inspired your artwork and why?
I was lucky enough to study under Stan Hunc for a month back in 2011, and his philosophies about art and “perfect” pieces have helped me to grow into the artist I am today. My dear friend Sarah Enns, an artist herself, constantly inspires and challenges me to push the limits of my creativity and ability. She’s my sounding board for the more surreal pieces I do.

Your work is predominately created using pens. Why did you choose that medium?
I love the clean, contrasted look of pen on paper and the freedom it gives me to create. A lot of people tell me that they could never work in pen because they would always be afraid to mess it up, but that’s what’s beautiful about it! I rarely do more than a simple outline sketch so I don’t forget what goes where, and then I just go. It isn’t that I don’t make mistakes (I do, and often) but I don’t see them as something to be corrected, rather they are opportunities to be expanded upon. Pen doesn’t leave room for regrets.

What do you have planned for the upcoming RAW Edmonton showcase?
I’m very excited for ENVISION. I’ll be bringing a few prints and my originals, with a few new strange creations for everyone to enjoy!

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Summer Raayn

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