Born and raised in Tokyo, immigrated to Canada in 1992, JUN TOYAMA is not your typical artist, whose childhood was defined by endless hours of drawing. While always very creative, Jun discovered the joy of fine art in the summer of 2014, while assisting her special needs’ daughter, she was fully inspired by an 82-year-old oil painting master at the Victoria College of Art in British Columbia, Canada.
After having moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 2015, Jun has continued her formal training with local teacher, Oksana Zhelisko and Scottsdale Artists’ School in Arizona.
Style of Work
While Jun’s strongest passion remains portrait painting in oils, with the sky being the limit for this late blooming artist.
Human faces are the most fascinating things for me to capture. Older I get, more I see the inside of people’s hidden feelings.
Though not my best interest, I enjoy creating with buldings – some trace of human lives.
The artist’s most recent passion is to create religious images by using her own daughter, Kaede – which means maple leaf in Japanese, who was diagnosed with autism back in 2000.
For Jun, there is a significant meaning for using Kaede’s image in her holy paintings. Back in the summer of 2012, in peak season, her family made a free trip to Loudres in France, one of the most known Catholic pilgrim sites of the world, where in 1858, the Virgin Mary appeared 18 times to a local peasant girl. Since then, countless healing miracles have been reported and Jun thought Kaede was destined to be healed from autism. On the contrary, she got a message that Kaede was fine and it is we who needed to be healed, hence she was to pray the Rosary for us. It was indeed a life changing moment for the artist.
Portrait Commission Work
In memory of your loved one(s), capturing a special moment such as child birth, weddings, custom-made portrait from photos can be created.
Prices vary depending on the size and shape of the canvas and complexity of subject matter. The artist is open for discussion, but the absolute minimum size starts at 12” x 12” (30cm x 30cm) for $300, frames and shipping are not included. Local pick-up can be arranged.