It's no secret that I love intricate detailed work, so of course I am very excited to share Ola Volo's work with you today! Ola is an artist and illustrator whose unique style is instantly recognizable across everything tackels from her client work, gallery artwork, murals and book projects. Enjoy getting to know Ola below!
Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?
Hi my name is Ola Volo. I’m an artist and illustrator who focuses on the narrative of storytelling. My art investigates the ideas of folklore, nature, history, and multiculturalism. I try to encompass the subtleties of human nature and our everyday life through imaginative characters that are full of spirit and inhibit dynamic environments. I’m currently writing this from Vancouver, BC.
What do you believe in?
I believe that every individual is creative, and that creativity can often lead to the expression of happiness. I hope everyone is able to recognise their creative strengths!
When do you feel your most wonderful?
I feel really happy when I’m in the mist of projects and where I’m able to share my vision and passion with the public. After every mural I feel changed because of the time, ideas, and process that takes place. The mural then becomes a piece that belongs to the public. I feel wonderful when I get to share my work with the public!
What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?
When I first went to New York, I was completely intimidated and ready to quit art. I was completely overwhelmed by the New York art scene. But since I don’t like to make myself feel intimidated, I decided to move out there instead. I wanted to discover what I would love about the city, and rediscover what it is that I love about art. Moving to NYC completely changed my career. I was able to concentrate stylistically on my work and uncover where I thrived in the world of illustration, which I found was through storytelling. In NYC, it was also my first time that I started diving into my personal life as inspiration for my artwork rather than only look to folklore as a means of storytelling.
It was also exciting to watch so many creative people earn a living for themselves, and work incredibly long hours for their passions; it became a realistic means to live off your art. Particularly because NYC is so expensive I thought if those illustrators are able to make a living off their work, I could at least pay my rent.
What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder?
My earliest experience I remember, which is related to art, is when I took my first art class when I was five years old. We were using watercolours, and my teacher gave everyone a candle; she asked us to create lines all across the paper. I covered the entire paper with watercolours, and then all of these wax lines magically appeared through the paint and they looked just like raindrops. The wax hadn't taken in the colour, because wax repeals water and no watercolour would stick to it. To me that was magical!
Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about?
Jamie Smith is an incredible community builder.
Zoë Pawlak not only do I love Zoë’s work but I think she is a completely rad business woman.
Andrea Wan is also a terrific artist. Andrea had the guts to move to Berlin, and has continued her career as a very successful artist.