Toronto based realistic Painter; Malinda Prud’homme

“It is my sincerest hope to make women feel empowered and uniquely beautiful just as they are.”

-Malinda Prud’homme

Malinda Prudhomme - Head Shot

Even though I’d been making art my entire life it never became a professional goal until my mid 20s. I’d always wanted to become a teacher because I loved learning and wanted to instill that passion in our youth. People generally like to say that high school “was the best time of their life”. It was the opposite for me. I didn’t fit in socially and was often bullied. In some cases my teachers even took part in ridiculing me and it wasn’t long before I realized kindness and maturity have nothing to do with age. Because of my personal experiences I wanted to become a teacher that students would feel comfortable coming to with their problems. I wanted to be there for those who had no one else to talk to. I worked my hardest to achieve this goal and while I do have all the necessary education and more, it just wasn’t meant to be. After I graduated the teaching market in Ontario was incredibly flooded and it was impossible for me to find work.

After years of feeling like my dreams were unattainable I decided it was time to start a new dream, a dream that had been within me all along but seemed too“unrealistic” to ever give it a try. If my “realistic” dream wasn’t panning out then it was time to go big! I’d already been making art part time so thanks to the support of my family I decided to go full-time. With that support and years of hard work and dedication I am proud to say I have been a full-time professional artist for 4 years now.

What keeps me so motivated is the message I try to spread using my artwork and my online presence. It is my sincerest hope to make women feel empowered and uniquely beautiful just as they are. The amazing feedback from fans that I’m fortunate to receive really keeps me passionate and excited about my work.

Q4 - Malinda Prudhomme - True Beauty - Alisha Gauveau“True Beauty”, “Alisha Gauvreau”

IFWA..You mentioned you were dissatisfied with the way the medias represent women. What do you disagree with?

I disagree with the lack of variety we see in our media. Quite often the women portrayed in magazines and advertisements fit into the stereotypical “norms” for beauty. Generally they are thin, young, and predominantly white. These women are gorgeous but so are others! I believe ALL women, regardless of age, size, ethnicity, and personal style, are beautiful in their own unique way. My message is not one the condemns the beauty of women who fall under societal norms but rather encourages all women to see themselves as beautiful. I would love to see larger women and women of different ethnicity incorporated into our mainstream media. I feel that variety is not only beautiful, but is the key to solving the epidemic of low self-esteem a lot of today’s women suffer from.

Q3 - Malinda Prudhomme - Curvy Beauties

-Curvy Beauties

IFWA..Do you see an evolution , or is it still the same as when you first noticed it?

I have definitely seen things change since starting my practice. A trend that’s becoming more popular is the acceptance that women come in all different shapes and sizes and that these shapes and sizes do not necessarily correlate to their health and certainly do not impact their ability to be beautiful. Perhaps I’m seeing this because I surround myself with like-minded people and am interested in topics that follow this type of thinking but I truly believe it is becoming more common and I can only hope that this continues.

IFWA..Did you ever had any difficulty working as a woman, to find work, or be accepted as a portraitist ? If so, what did you do to help you go through the difficulties ?

It’s hard for me to say whether or not I’ve been held back as an artist because I’m a woman. Honestly I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have had a good amount of work from the beginning. I think my skill speaks for itself and people who don’t respect women would likely not find my work interesting anyways as it revolves around the well-being of women. The only thing that I’ve noticed is how my language is interpreted differently, very likely because I’m a woman. I’m quite confident about my skill and my work. I would never dream of thinking I’m perfect or even better than others, in fact I never compare myself to other artists, but I have come a long way over the years and I’m proud of that. On occasion I’ll receive comments saying I’m “arrogant” or “pretentious” which is always from someone who doesn’t follow my practice. It’s frustrating that a woman’s confidence is seen as arrogance. But then again, I try not to take too much of what is said from strangers to heart. No matter what you do ,there will always be someone out there who dislikes you. You just have to be self-aware and know you’re doing the best you can do.

Q6 - Malinda Prudhomme - Colour Inspired - RAW

–Color inspired, RAW

IFWA..I must say your pencil drawings are quite touching…How is it working in black and white compared with color, or is it a question of medium?

Thank you! It can sometimes be a question of medium. For example if someone requests a charcoal drawing they’ll obviously be receiving an image in black and white but then again I do sometimes make the choice to do black and white with something like oil paints just because it gives off a different emotion. At this point in time I believe I prefer to work with color. The brightness and variety makes me very happy. But I can say from experience that working in black and white is much easier. Your eyes aren’t required to take in as much information. You’re focusing on darks and lights rather than colors as well as darks and lights. I think in the end it’s all a matter of preferences and I’m certainly willing to do whatever my clients wish.

Q5 - Malinda Prudhomme - A Mark Of Beauty

A Mark of Beauty

IFWA.. Your portraits of women really captures their personality . Who are those women and why them? 

Oh, I’m so glad to hear that. Thank you! When I first began doing portraiture I had to prove my skill so I would often work from images of models and actresses who had inspired me in some way. Now that I’ve gathered a following and people are confident in my skills I am able to put calls out to the public for images. Generally when I’m working on a new series I’ll post throughout social media asking for submissions of beauty stating that all women are welcome to apply. From these submissions I am able to choose, sometimes at random, who will be represented in my new works. I LOVE this! This was certainly a goal I had in mind when I first started because I truly want to show “everyday” women just how stunning they really are. So yes! They absolutely can be people I don’t know and have been! Anyone can submit to my calls! The more the merrier. :)

Q1 - Malinda Prudhomme - One And The Same

–One and the same

IFWA..Are you tempted to work with other medias then the ones you are using -mostly oil and acrylic -, say sculpture, clay, photography ?

You’re right! Most of my work is done using acrylic paint and oil paints. BUT I’m also a Mixed Media Artist so from time to time I like to pull out quite a few of my different supplies and put them together in a new series or artwork. I use pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor paint, gouache paint, encaustic (wax) paint, and have just begun learning airbrush. As far as sculpture and photography go … No, I’m not tempted to use them. My father is a sculptor but that just never appealed to me. I prefer working in the 2 dimensional plane. I do LOVE taking photographs, especially when I’m traveling, but I believe my shots are better used as reference photos for my artwork rather then incorporated directly into a piece. But you never know! Perhaps that will change in the future.

IFWA..Do you have any interest in working with other artist , collaborating on a common project / exhibition / performance? 

It’s definitely fun to work on collaborations with other artists as long as they have a similar work ethic. I take my work seriously so I would expect anyone I work with to feel the same way. Putting together a show with another artist and maybe creating a collaborative piece for it would certainly be something I’d be interested in.

IFWA..Is there a particular piece of work you are really satisfied with ? If so, why?

One of my favorite pieces to date is “True Beauty” ‘Delena Providence’. Why am I so satisfied with it? Hmm that’s a tough one. I believe it’s because of the look I achieved with the eyes. They are very mesmerizing. Another reason I might be so drawn to this piece is because it depicts a young woman who’s been in my life since I was toddler and I always felt she was special and worthy of being honored in this way. It could also be because this piece took a very long time to complete, putting in each strand of hair one at a time, so there is a sense of accomplishment and time well spent. And lastly because of the variety in her skin tone. Such bright whites and the dark shadows all taking shape harmoniously in one portrait is a bit of a rare thing and I like how it turned out in this piece.

Q9 - Malinda Prudhomme - True Beauty - Delena Providence

“True Beauty”,‘Delena Providence’

IFWA..What direction is your work taking , now?

I currently have an abundance of commissions I must complete so I haven’t allowed myself to go too overboard with planning original artwork/series. I do know that I would like to continue proving that a variety of women are beautiful using “everyday” women. I think that in order to change things up.

I’d like to start including geometric shapes with my portraits as a way of contrasting my realistic portrait style. I also plan to work on wood when I find the time in order to allow some of the natural grain to show through. In all truth I have a huge list of ideas I’d like to get to but for now it’s time to pay the bills. Working on commissions, while isn’t as creative, has it’s own rewards. There’s nothing like creating something that will be cherished and passed down from generation to generation.

On a smaller,scale, I’ve done collaborative works with my fan base, many of which are artists themselves. I held a contest this past year where anyone was able to take my initial drawing and turn it into their own artwork. It was amazing seeing all the different outcomes. You can check it out HERE.


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Statistics about female in the art and culture industry in Korea

The Condition of Women in the art and culture industry in Korea

By Jihye You, Jiin Kim
These statistics about the condition of women artists in Korea are taken from 2 research papers in 2007 and 2010; Artists compared with total workforce, gender ratio of artists, percent of Korean Artists Who Are Female, age-specific employment by gender, and the average monthly income by gender.
If you see these statistics, you will find women artists in Korea need help, similar to the U.S, and understand their condition.

Artists Compared with Total Workforce


Gender Ratio of Artists

In Korea, Economically active population is 39,598,000. The total workforce is 23,749,700 and artists are 651,736.

Percent of Korean Artists Who Are Female


In the field of arts, the proportion of women in the arts is 42%. The highest percentage, 86%, of female artists is translators. (In Korea, translators are considered artists.) Fashion designers were second, followed by writers and authors. Only 9.2% of Architects and 12.7% photographers are women.

Age-specific Employment of Male Artists


Age-specific Employment of Female Artists


This graph shows the percentages if the total of male artists and female artists is 100 respectively. The proportion of female artists begins to decline significantly after 20s. On the other hand, male artists are widespread in 20s to 50s. It shows that it’s hard to survive in the workplace as a woman in Korea.

The Average Monthly Income for Male Artists


The Average Monthly Income for Female Artists


This graph shows the percentages if the total of male artists and female artists is 100 respectively. The average monthly income includes wage and extra income. Female artists are predominantly underpaid. The percentage of high-income women is very low. It shows that there is still a gender wage differentials in Korea.

The Average Monthly Income of Artists by Gender

Female artists, on average, earn 69% of what a male artist would earn for the same work. The difference in monthly income between men and women is 1165.5 dollars.


2010 Statistics of Artists in the workforce by Gender DB (2010성별문화인력통계DB), 2010, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea.
A basic study on jobs market analysis of the arts(예술분야 고용시장 분석 기초연구), 2007, Yang Geon Yeol & Korea Culture and Tourism Institute, Republic of Korea

Statistics about female in the art and culture industry in U.S.

The Condition of Women Artists in the United States

By Jihye You, Jiin Kim
These statistics about the condition of women artists in the U.S. are taken from 2 research papers in 2005-2009 and 2011; Gender Ratio of Artists, Percent of the U.S. Artists Who Are Female, Median Wages and Salaries by Artists Occupation, Median Wages and Salaries of by Gender and Artists Occupation, Median Wages and Salaries of Full-Year/Full-Time Artists by Gender.
If you see these statistics, you can see the difference between female and male artists. Also, you will find women artists in the U.S. need help.

Gender Ratio of Artists: 2005-2009


Percent of the U.S. Artists Who Are Female: 2005-2009


Similar to the total labor force, the proportion of female artists is 46%. The highest percent, 77.9%, of female artists is dancers and choreographers. Writers/authors were second, followed by Designers. Only 21.2% of announcers and 24.9% architects are women.

Median Wages and Salaries by Artists Occupation: 2005-2009


The two of best-paying artist occupations are architects and producers/directors; men compose 75 percent and 63 percent, respectively.

Median Wages and Salaries of by Gender and Artists Occupation: 2005-2009


Among actors, architects, dancers/choreographers, designers, fine artists/art directors/animators and photographers, women earn 74~81% of what a male artist would earn for the same work. Only women musicians and other entertainers earn a little more (by $0.02 per dollar) than men.

Median Wages and Salaries of Full-Year/Full-Time Artists by Gender: 2005-2009


Female artists, on average, earn 81% of what a male artist would earn for the same work. The difference in median wages and salaries of full-year, full-time artists between men and women is 8,923 dollars.
*Distinct Artists Occupation
Actors: stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture
Announcers: radio, television, public address systems, events
Architects: private residencies, commercial buildings, landscape architecture
Fine artists, art directors, and animators: art directors; craft artists; fine artists include: painters, sculptors, and illustrators; multimedia artists; animators
Dancers and choreographers: dancers, choreographers, and dance teachers
Designers: commercial and industrial designers; fashion designers; floral designers; graphic designers; interior designers; merchandise displayers; and set and exhibit designers
Other entertainers: circus performers; comics; jugglers; magicians; puppeteers; rodeo performers; show girls; ventriloquists, and other entertainers
 Musicians: music directors, composers, musicians, and singers
Photographers: includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists
Producers and directors: stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture production
Writers and authors: advertising writers; authors; biographers; copy writers; crossword-puzzle creators; film writers; magazine writers; novelists; playwrights; sports writers; and lyricists


2005-2009 ACS PUMS, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce
2011 Artists and Arts Workers in the United States, National Endowment for the Arts

Traveling Exhibiton | A.I.R. REFRESHED


September 2014 – January 2015

The show shares the talents of A.I.R. Gallery’s artists with new audiences outside of New York, and outside of their own communities. About half of the 33 artists involved call New York home, while the other half live in communities across the country.

 A.I.R. ReFreshed schedule:

Ground Floor Gallery
Curated by Janet Decker Yanez, A.I.R. National Artist
September 18 – October 17, 2014
942 Fourth Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37210

More information:

Da Ni Soon: A Korean Illustrator and Filmmaker

Interviewed and Translated by Ji-In Kim, Edited by Richard Sanchez

“I want to express the feeling of being on the boundary between reality and fantasy through my illustrations.” -Da Ni Soon

Photo_Dani Soon

Tell us about yourself.

Hello, I am Da Ni, Soon. I am 22 years old, and I will be 23 years old in a few weeks.

I have studied film and production design, but I prefer to draw pictures more than make films. Currently, I am working as an illustrator.

Last year, I directed a short film. Also, I help my friends to film their own works. I live in a small and quiet suburb of a city in South Korea.

Because I spent my childhood in a small town that had few attractions, the best entertainment I could enjoy was reading or drawing, I think I got accustomed to drawing. Of course, even now, I am happy when I draw pictures.

Black leopard

Tell us about your artwork.

I want to express the feeling of being on the boundary between reality and fantasy through my illustrations. I wish for people to freely interpret my work, rather than it being explained.

Where does most of your inspiration come from?

I am inspired by unfamiliar things and recombinations of fragments of memories in my daily life.

Flower Cigarette

Do you have a favorite artist?

I respect and like many artists from various fields.

I love pictures of Saeng-Kwang Park, who is a Korean artist.

I also really like the works of media artist group ‘Y0UNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES’, director Junho Bong, Lars Von Trier and Wong Karwai.

This is because I am part of a generation that is exposed to a lot of media.

Flower Cigarette02

Tell us about your working process.

I usually do the most of work by using computer and I draw sketches by hand to plan the entire atmosphere.
Do you have someone who inspires you?

I think that is my parents. I know this answer is boring but my parents are the source of my life and they love me a lot.

lotus and frogsLizard

Do you have your own Style? How would you describe it?

I think one of the characteristics of my works is ‘planarity’. I like the ‘planarity’ of Korean folk paintings, Egyptian mural paintings, and those of the Middle Ages. I have been inspired by them. Many people usually tell me that my works are oriental.
Do you have your favorite color?

I love to use all the colors. Also, I love to observe many colors.

Thumbelina series

What do you want to say through your work?

I prefer to visualize sentences, which are grammatically correct but somewhat illogical and give unfamiliar feelings. In addition, I sometimes express my feelings and issues on my works. So to speak, the purpose of my works is to visualize the unfamiliarity or the newness from a daily life, and I hope to express my feelings fully through my work.

love is blind


Tell us about the plans for the future

I want to draw all of my feelings and emotions.

I wanted commercial work when I just started to work. Now, however, I just would like to draw my feelings, even if these are not commercial.

Actually, I am in the last semester of my university, so I am concerned about working in the future. I am considering many options.

Original Interview in Korean:

순 다은

안녕하세요, 순 다은(Dani Soon)이라고 합니다. 올해 22살이고, 몇 주 뒤에는 23살이 됩니다.

대학교에서는 영화와 프로덕션 디자인을 공부했지만 영화를 만드는 것 보다는 그림 그리는 것을 더

좋아해서 일러스트레이터로 활동하고 있습니다.

물론 영화도 좋아하기 때문에 작년에는 단편 영화도 연출했고, 가끔 친구들이 단편 영화 찍는 것을

돕기도 합니다.

저는 한국의 작고 조용한 교외에서 살고 있습니다. 어렸을 때부터 시골에서 자라서인지 자연과

동물을 좋아합니다. 오락거리가 거의 없는 작은 마을에서 유년기를 보내서 그림을 그리거나 책을

읽는 것이 가장 큰 즐거움이었기 때문에 그림을 그리는 것이 자연스럽게 몸에 밴 것 같습니다.

아직까지도 작업을 할 때가 가장 즐겁고 행복합니다.

작품에 대해 설명해주세요.

현실과 환상의 경계에 있는 듯한 느낌을 일러스트를 통해 표현하고자 하고 있습니다.

제가 작품에 대해 스스로 설명하기보다는 보는 사람이 자유롭게 작품에 대해 느꼈으면 좋겠어요.

어디서 영감을 받나요?

일상에서 갑자기 느껴지는 생소함, 머릿속에 떠다니는 이미지의 파편들을 재 조합하는 것들이 작업에

영감을 주곤 합니다.

좋아하는 화가(작가)나 프로젝트가 있나요?

여러 가지 분야에서 존경하는 아티스트들이 많습니다.

한국화가이신 박 생광 화백의 그림을 좋아합니다.

미디어 아티스트 그룹 ‘장영혜 중공업’의 작품들 역시 굉장히 좋아하고,

영화감독 봉준호, 라스 폰 트리에, 왕가위 등 좋아하는 아티스트들은 손에 꼽기 어려울 정도로


아무래도 여러 가지 미디어에 많이 노출된 세대라 그런 것 같아요.

작품 과정(혹은 방법)에 대해 말해주실 수 있나요?

전체적인 느낌을 구상하기 위해 스케치 정도만 수작업으로 하고, 대부분의 작업은 컴퓨터를


자신의 인생에 가장 큰 영향력을 끼치는 사람이 누군가요?

부모님이라고 생각해요. 약간 진부한 대답일 수 있지만, 제 생명의 근원이자 저를 굉장히 사랑해

주시는 분들이니까요.

작품에서 자신만의 특징이 있다면 무엇이라고 생각 하시나요?

입체적인 것을 그려도 평면성이 느껴지는 것이 제가 생각하는 제 작품의 특징이라고 생각합니다.

한국의 민화, 이집트 벽화, 서양의 중세회화 등에서 느껴지는 평면성을 무척 좋아하기 때문에

그것들에게서 영향을 많이 받았어요.

주변에서는 동양적인 느낌이 든다는 이야기를 많이 듣곤 합니다.

특히 좋아하는 색감이 있나요? 있다면 그 이유는 무엇인가요?

특별히 좋아하는 색감은 없지만 색을 쓰는 것 자체를 무척 좋아하고, 여러 가지 색들을 관찰하는

것들도 좋아합니다.

작품을 통해 사람들에게 알리고자 하는 메시지가 있나요?

글로 따지자면 문법적으로는 맞지만 논리적으로는 어딘가 비논리적이고, 따라서 생소한 느낌을 주는

문장들을 시각화 하는 것을 지향하곤 합니다.

그 위에 제가 가지고 있는 생각이나 어떤 이슈에 대한 느낌 등을 피력할 때도 있지만요.

말하자면 제가 일상에서 느끼는 낯섦이나 생소함을 시각화 하는 것이 목적인데 누군 가에게는 그

느낌이 잘 전달되었으면 좋겠습니다.

앞으로의 계획에 대해서 말씀해주세요.

제가 느끼는 감정과 이미지들을 모두 그리고 싶어요.

홀로 그림을 그리다가 인터넷에 업로드하고, 조금씩 일을 하기 시작했을 때는 상업적으로 일을 하고,

그림으로 생계를 유지하는 것이 목표였는데 지금은 딱히 그런 것들보다는 상업적이지 않더라도 제가

느끼는 이미지들을 표현하고 싶어요.

사실 올해 대학교의 마지막 학기를 다니고 있어서 앞으로의 작업에 대한 고민이 많아요.

방향에 대해서는 아직도 많이 고민하고 있고, 앞으로도 계속 생각하고 고민해야 되는 일인 것


Presented by the International Foundation for Women Artists.