Boots & Pine


Madison van Rijn in Parkdale

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Where did you grow up?

I was born in Guelph, Ontario. We lived out in the country around the area for years until I moved away to Belleville for ballet school.

What brought you to Toronto? 

I came to Toronto when I was 17. I spent a couple years wandering around having no clue what I was doing. I eventually realized that Toronto is a welcoming city that is full of opportunities for young creatives.

What neighbourhood do you live in?

I just moved away from the west end for the first time in years. My partner and I moved to a quiet, one-way street downtown-ish.

What do you do for a living?

I am an artist. I do illustration and graphic design, mural and window painting, and also large scale plant installations under the brand Wild Altar.

How did you get started?

I had always felt overwhelmed by what I wanted to “do” with my creativity. I tried out a variety of styles, schools, and career paths within the arts and eventually realized I wanted to be the person that can do it all. Every day is a unique challenge, a new lesson learned, a personal goal accomplished.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

We are so close to Chinatown. Dim sum and peking duck dinner is a weekly go-to.

What’s the last treasure you found?

A chunky silver ring with a burgundy gem in it at a vintage store in Woodstock, NY. It is very medieval looking.

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

With a Girl Like You- The Troggs

See Madison’s work at and follow her on Instagram @mvralldayeveryday

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