Jazmin Katz creates new artwork for CBC Ottawa's community newsletter

Meet the artist behind the new header on our community newsletter, The Highlight.

‘It’s funny because I never truly felt I had an artistic style, I’ve always drawn what's felt right to me.’

CBC Ottawa’s community newsletter is getting a fall refresh with a new header image. (Jazmin Katz)

Fall is around the corner and the perfect time to freshen up the look of our community newsletter, The Highlight. We asked local artist Jazmin Katz to create a new illustration for fall and early winter representing what our newsletter is all about—community.

Read our Q&A below to find out more about Jazmin and her design.

Answers have been edited for length and clarity.

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Jazmin Katz. I'm 23 years old and was born in Ottawa. I grew up in a very artistic household between my dad's passion for composing music and my mom being a mixed media artist. Since the age of six, my hobbies have included animation and stop motion. I was a model for six years before pursuing my graphic design degree in college.

Artist Jazmin Katz explains she loves the energy she can capture through the exaggeration of facial expressions and body movement in illustrations to tell a story. (Submitted by Jazmin Katz)

Your artwork is very unique. Tell us a bit about your artistic style, your inspiration and your approach to your work

It's funny because I never truly felt I had an artistic style. I've always drawn what's felt right to me. What I love about drawing with the style I used for The Highlight's illustration, is the energy you can capture through exaggeration of facial expressions and body movement to tell a story.

Name another Ottawa artist whose work you admire

I admire my mom's artwork. She's a mixed media artist who uses vibrant colours and her architectural background to paint cities in a magical way. I don't just say this because she's my mom, but I truly believe she is able to embody the feeling of community that different cities give through her art. Her Instagram is @violetaborisonikart.

What's your favourite thing about fall in Ottawa? Where are your favourite Ottawa spots during this season to go and get inspired?

My favourite thing about fall is sketching on my notepad and grabbing a coffee at a local coffee shop. My favourite spot is Quitters Coffee in Stittsville.

Tell us about your illustration for The Highlight. What inspired your interpretation for the new fall/winter look and how did you approach the design?

The interpretation of fall/winter is done by the colour palette. I aimed to use fall colours that are still vibrant in order to show the liveliness within Ottawa even through the cold season.

The idea for the illustration came from what community means to me; a bunch of entrepreneurs, business owners, locals, etc. with diverse backgrounds that when puzzled together, become our community.

Where can we find more of your work in Ottawa?

On my Instagram at @jazminkatz and my website

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