A young London, Ont., artist is using local businesses as inspiration for her art, hoping to support them during the pandemic and to find inspiration for her work.
Madison Lambert, 15, has been creating hand-painted portraits of local business storefronts and then surprising the owners with the finished painting.
“I’ve been trying to make the businesses happier and to help promote them as well,” said the young artist, who owns her own small business, MADArt London, which creates and sells art.
“Every week, I am painting a small business around my area, and every weekend, I will give them a hand-painted painting of their store,” Lambert said.
“Art makes me happier. It gives me a way to express my feelings and to raise awareness for different things.”
Lambert’s first piece of local storefront art was from Reimagine Co., the store that sells container-free groceries.
Art brings joy
“I loved seeing how happy it made them and I thought I could do more,” she said.
She also makes a purchase from the stores she is drawing, coming for a curbside pickup and dropping off the surprise art at that time.
Being cut off from other artists she would usually be around in high school has been tough, Lambert said, but has gotten better with time.
She loves painting buildings and has been commissioned to work on some pieces, she said.