Interview and photo by Jason Setnyk
Cornwall, Ontario – Angie Dilaj is a multi-talented artist and author born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. Growing up with two creative sisters, she was encouraged to explore her artistic abilities in various forms, including drawing, painting, music, writing, and contortion. She is now a certified yoga instructor based in Cornwall and has authored a book called Apple Cores. With her diverse talents and passions, Angie Dilaj continues to inspire and captivate audiences with her creativity and unique style.
Art and geek culture fans can meet Angie Dilaj and check out her artistic creations at the 2023 edition of the Cornwall and Area Pop Event (CAPE) on Saturday, April 22nd, and Sunday, April 23rd, at the Benson Centre in Cornwall.
Five Questions with The Seeker
1 – What inspires you to create art?
“Everything really, but mostly the natural world. The eternal shift of the seasons, shadows on the angle of a cheekbone or jawline, and the exchange of day-to-night light. Anything can inspire if you look for it.”
2 – What is your favourite piece of art that you’ve created, and why is it your favourite piece?
“I have a few, but my painting ‘Mind Blown’ is likely among the top due to her bloodshot eye.”
3 – Do you have any tips or advice for artists just starting?
“Never settle. Never be finished with a piece. Observe it in all lighting and keep at it until its story is told. Even then, always strive to be humble and never stop exercising your craft.”
4 – Do you participate in events or art shows, or exhibits? Tell us about that.
“Yes! Attending Pitchfest in New York City for my first published book ‘Apple Cores’ will forever inspire me to keep writing! Also, CAPE has brought an incredible variety of artists to our city, and I have enjoyed being a part of that.”
5 – Do you collaborate with other artists, or do you generally work alone?
“Yes, I have! I taught some yoga classes at O’Neil Studios while Ryan O’Neil, the Owner, Instructor, and Program Director, played live acoustic guitar. We built classes specifically to benefit the ergonomics of musicians.”
Learn more about Angie Dilaj’s Art Inspirations on Facebook.