Boots & Pine


Juliana Neufeld in Dufferin Grove

Where did you grow up?

Chelsea, a small community in the Gatineaus, about twenty minutes drive from Ottawa.

What brought you to Toronto? (If you aren’t from here)

School. And I was so ready to try out big city life.

What do you do for a living?

I work full-time as an illustrator and I paint.  Editorial, album covers, kids books..kind of all over the place. I’ll try whatever stretches my brain in a fun direction.

How did you get started?

I had just finished a degree at Ryerson for photography and my photo work was drifting towards collage and drawing, so I kind of just embraced it. I needed to get messier and painting and illustration felt right…Did lots of small group shows, free magazine work…hustled to get my art in front of people in any way I could..eventually I started getting approached to do illustration jobs  and I’ve  been building on that every since. I feel incredibly lucky!

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

So many favourite things. Dufferin grove park is just up the street. Bonfire pits, a community woodfire oven, and their farmers market on Thursdays. The Common, an amazing coffee shop is twenty feet from my front door. The young, creative community that lives around me.

What’s the last treasure you found?

I found a 60′s reprinting of the 1930′s Norwegian folktale Ola: by Ingri and edgar Parin d’Aulaire. My mother has the original edition, which she read to me growing up, so it has a lot of sentimental value.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

Picnic style BBQ dinner and beers with my favourite peoples, anywhere on Toronto Island.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

Emily Carr. we would stay up late sketching, gossiping, and drinking whisky. Then we’d sleep in her studio trailer in the BC interior alongside her dogs, cats, birds and monkey, Woo.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

Highway Steam, by Hooded Fang.

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

More eye contact!

Visit Juliana’s portfolio and Tumblr.

© 2012 Arden Wray