Todd Byers expended a long time operating for the automotive industry in Alliston, Ontario.
Meanwhile, his spouse, Franca, worked as a legal secretary just before switching to homeschooling the couple’s son and daughter.
Though equally passionate about artwork, the two prioritized building a living and boosting their kids, squeezing in artwork where by they could.
Todd and Franca sold their farm in Cookstown a pair of decades in the past. They ended up planning to retire to Nicaragua, when COVID hit. Plan B saw them discover some land in Tory Hill, in which they are making a log house and have now opened the Cabin Art Studio.
Todd presents customized illustrations, caricatures and cartoons, while Franca specializes in handmade greeting playing cards.
“It’s a good arts local community up below in the Haliburton location,” claims Todd as he and Franca exhibit their art on a desk at their home.
Todd studied illustration at Sheridan Faculty, then he and Franca obtained married and experienced young children, and it was far more rewarding for him to get the job done in the automotive field, though he concedes, “doing repetitive shift perform on an assembly line is soul crushing for an artist.
“I constantly liked art and did it freelance on the facet. I taught in Mexico with another enterprise, Comix35 Media.” He instructed in cartooning, character layout and comic e book webpage structure and will be supplying impending workshops regionally and a 7 days-extensive intensive class in Quebec this spring.
Todd draws and paints in the two digital and classic media.
Franca, meanwhile, did artwork all by way of faculty and studied graphic structure in university. But with out a large amount of employment at the time, she ended up doing the job at a regulation firm, married Todd and they experienced their small children. Whilst homeschooling, a friend released her to card-building and as she had often been into arts and crafts, it took.
“I commenced building birthday playing cards or Christmas playing cards for relatives users. I appreciate developing distinctive playing cards and getting something handmade is always much more specific.”
Todd adds, “we were being constantly artsy little ones and then we just ended up carrying out everyday living.”
They are now coming entire circle, being able to make artwork a precedence. They are also locating Haliburton County to be an inspiring location. “Very substantially so,” suggests Todd. “I’m a large admirer of, specifically, the surrounding lakes and the Birch trees. I like the texture and glimpse of Birch trees and frequently include them into my paintings.”
As for the studio, Todd stated he is performing distinctive orders and commissions for illustrations and caricatures. He also looks ahead to educating a cartooning and character style and design class in the spring of 2024, “for young children to get out, and keep it inexpensive, for family members up listed here whose youngsters are fascinated in the Sheridan Animation and Illustration courses.” He explained he can help pupils from about age 12 and up with their application portfolios.
Todd explained lots of of us end drawing when we are five a long time outdated. “I truly genuinely desire kids’ drawings in excess of older people because they’ve broken all the principles due to the fact they have not figured out any. They are very participating pieces of art.”
From drawing at house soon after night time change, to currently being in a position to do his personal artwork, acknowledge commissions and educate, Todd mentioned it is shaping up to be a wonderful life style modify. And with no authorized secretary work or homeschooling to be finished, the craft desk is now completely set up in Franca’s world.
You can access Todd and Franca at [email protected].