Shana's Artist: Marika Paz

Shana's Artist: Marika Paz

Hi Marika! Tell us a little bit about you.

Hello! My name is Marika Paz, I am an artist and illustrator living in Mendocino, California, a little seatown village on the Northern California coast. I live in the woods with my Husband Patrick, who helps run the shop/wholesale portion of our business, my son Odin Wolfe, and our dog Scout.

You have such a uniqueΒ style mixing magic and folklore with animals. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I draw a lot of inspiration from folklore and mythology. I have a degree in Medieval Studies and in college spent a lot of time studying Norse Myths and British Folklore. I am very interestedΒ in symbols in runes, magical staves, and alchemy. I also enjoy mixing and interpreting my own symbols.
I also love antique illustratedΒ books and older illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, and Beatrix Potter, just to name a few.


Have you always drawn magical creatures? Do you have a favorite animal you enjoy drawing?Β 

I have! I grew up drawing animals constantly. I do have a particular fondness for foxes.

What was the first type of "art" you made (paintings, digital art, pins, etc)?

I have been drawing all my life. When I was in Elementary school it was crayons and colored pencils and I drew lots of animals. In High School I mostly used prisma colored pencils and art markers and drew a lot of anime. In College I started using watercolor, gouache and ink and drawing more in my own style, which keeps developing and changing. It wasn't until the last couple of years that I started to paint digitally more (I use proctreat on an ipad pro). I started making art prints way back in around 2010 when I bought my first large format archival printer and it was probably around 2016 that I started venturing into more products slowly adding greeting cards, stickers, pins, and more.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have a 7 year old Corgi named Scout Harriet, you have probably seen her in some of my artwork.

What's something that most people don't know about you?

I'm really good at DDR ( Dance Dance Revolution) and puzzle games, like Tetris and Dr. Mario.


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