“chance favors those in motion”


Oh, I love that painting so much. Sigh. Anywho, the episode today is titled “Chance favors those in motion”. It’s a favorite quote, by James H. Austin, of Canadian painter Zoë Pawlak. Not only is it a great quote, it’s a perfect description of how Zoë lives her life. She is a talented artist, a brilliant entrepreneur, a fantastic mother, a lover of tacos, and a great summer brunch date. I’ve known Zoë for a few years now, but I’ve never really dug in and asked where it all started and how she does the things she does… usually we just eat brunch. You can listen right up there under one of my fave “Zoë Pawlaks”, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, her new studio in Montreal {she was based in Vancouver for years, but recently moved}:


Ok, how great is that little message on her big brush? And I had to include those photos of Zoë, because that’s generally what she looks like most of the time… giant smile ‘n fab style! ps. I grabbed all of these images from her gorgeous Instagram feed.

And now, her work! Here are a few of her absolutely dreamy and poetic figurative paintings:


Gah! Beautiful. Those colors, those curves. Stunning. Speaking of which, her ethereal landscapes:


Annnnd, exhale. Maybe just one more deep breath. Yes.

Next… the underpainting “pink girl” that I said I saw/loved on her Instagram feed the other day:


And that’s just the underpainting!? I’d take it just like that, thank you very much.

Up next… her paintings turned into gorgeous rugs. Yes. Paintings as huge, beautifully made rugs. This is such an ingenious collaboration between Zoë and the Burritt Brothers:


Wow, right? {speaking of wow, all of these photos were taken by the very talented, Vancouver based Janis Nicolay}.

Moving on to another beautiful collaboration, this time between Zoë and Vancouver based furniture designer Jeff Martin:


Right?! Ah, so beautiful and so smart. See, she is such a talented artist / brilliant entrepreneur.

And finally, I had to include this shot given one of her speed round answers:


Avocado, Corona … yep, I’m pretty sure she’s going to use that credit card to buy tacos! HA! Had to. Thanks so much to Zoë for doing this with me, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and BIG thanks to you for listening {and rating the podcast on iTunes? please? xo}. There will be more art for your ear next weekend!

Other links:

  1. Concordia University
  2. NSCAD
  3. Ben Skinner
  4. TED Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. IDS West
  6. Nowness


comments (11)

  1. Miriam Woodburn /// 05.21.2016 /// 8:26am

    This makes me want to paint again <3


  2. Rebecca Anderson /// 05.21.2016 /// 9:57am

    Wonderful talented artistry. Thank you.

  3. Stephanie /// 05.22.2016 /// 7:50pm

    omg looooove the both of you and what a thrill to hear this!!! I need to listen to it again so I can pretend I am with you guys 🙂 xoxo

  4. the jealous curator /// 05.22.2016 /// 9:08pm

    awww… we wish you were with us too! xo

  5. Christine C. /// 05.26.2016 /// 8:57am

    oops, my art supply store opens at 10 also… 😉

  6. the jealous curator /// 05.26.2016 /// 10:28am

    ha! most of them do… happy to report that the one i used to go to in vancouver opens at 8am (but that could be because it’s across the road from a big art school!) ; )

  7. Jo /// 05.27.2016 /// 6:22am

    Smitten. I want friends just like the two of you:) Thank you for bringing such real, talented, inspiring and fun people to life on your podcasts. (now this is gonna sound corny…) but people like you are really helping unlock the creative me.

  8. the jealous curator /// 05.27.2016 /// 6:30am

    doesn’t sound corny… it sounds FANTASTIC!!!

  9. Heidi Lanino Bilezikian /// 06.01.2016 /// 5:29am

    Thankyou, so helpful, so inspiring I learn so much from you ladies! can you be in my crit group!

  10. Berta /// 06.30.2016 /// 1:58pm

    Holy cow!! Her work is stunning. Another great interview.

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