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Melinda Josie in Brockton Village

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Huntsville, Ontario until I moved away for school.

What brought you to Toronto?
I wanted to be a part of a larger art community, so it seemed like a logical next step for me.

What do you do for a living?
I work as a freelance illustrator and painter.

How did you get started?
I attended the illustration program at Sheridan, then moved in to Toronto to work.  For the first few years I had a couple of jobs that really helped me get my bearings in the art world; one as a studio assistant to an illustrator, and the other at a gallery on Queen Street.  I did a bit of illustration while I was working part time, and once things started to pick up, I took a bit of a leap and started working for myself.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighborhood?
It’s changed in the last five years that we’ve lived here, but all for the better.  There are lots of nice little restaurants and coffee shops, and pretty back streets to walk down.

What’s the last treasure you found?
A pair of wool Prada trousers that fit perfectly.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?
I’d probably go to Enoteca Sociale and eat their goat ragu and a cheese board.  Or a nice breakfast at Le Select Bistro!

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?
I think it would probably be with Julia Child; she seemed like such a fun woman!  From what I’ve read about her, she’s got a great sense of humour, (plus we’d have some great snacks!)

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?
Girl from the North Country – Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?
Hmm… A Tartine Bakery?  I’ve never had better bread quite like theirs.

Take a look at Melinda’s amazing work here and follow her blog.

© 2012 Arden Wray