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Tree & Leaf Presents Kayla Ayrn

ART, INTERVIEW, PLAZA DISTRICTDusty GilpinComment

It's that time again! Second Friday on the Plaza is here! We are super excited to host artist, Kayla Ayrn! I got the opportunity to ask Kayla a few questions about her work, life, and influences. You won't be disappointed with her work! Come see it Friday night from 7-11pm for the opening or throughout the month!

Kayla! Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up and when did you start doing art? 

Well my name is Kayla Ayrn. I'm a 26 year old single mother of one and grew up right outside of Seattle, Washington. I moved to Oklahoma about 6-7 years ago to get to know my mother who lives here. 

I have always been interested in art. I grew up drawing and doodling in the margins of every homework assignment. I took a couple private lessons when I was in middle school that taught me the basics of graphite drawing and in Highschool I expanded my interests and started working with paint and clay.  After I graduated in 2007 I really didn't do much drawing. I actually pretty much neglected it (other than a few random drawings) until about two years ago when I finally busted out my pencils. In the last two years I have learned more and progressed more than I did in my youth and I've made it a goal to get out there and share my passion with the world. 

What influenced your art early on? And what most influences your art now?

As a kid I would draw my pets, the cartoons I was interested in (lots of early Pokemon illustrations are floating around out there somewhere), and would even attempt portraits of my favorite singers. Now, most of my art is inspired by nature, science, and vintage illustrations pertaining to botany and entomology.  other artists are also a great source of inspiration. Nothing gets me more in the mood to draw than seeing art from other artists who are passionate about their work. 

Obviously, entomology is a common subject matter in your work. How did this interest develop?

It's weird, I actually found a perfect little dead cicada a couple summer's ago outside my apartment. I decided he was pretty neat and that I should find a way to display him. In my research on how to pin insects I became completely fascinated with cicadas and my obsession kind of spiraled out of control from there. Since then I've branched out and have begun working with all sorts of insects, except spiders. Those still creep me out.

Do you listen to music when you produce art, if so, who or what do you listen to?

I actually don't listen to much music while drawing, only because I unfortunately still live in the stone age and don't have internet at home. I listen to what little I have which includes the complete LOST soundtrack, bands like Minus The Bear, Brand New and Lydia but I actually just got a computer last year so I'm in the process of rebuilding my music collection. Most of my drawing takes place late at night after my daughter has gone to bed and I fill the silence with late night tv. I've become a really big fan of M*A*S*H. 

Where can people find more information about your work?

By contacting me directly at kayla.ayrn@gmail.com, or by creeping my Facebook and Instagram.  My Instagram is filled with my most recent works in both illustration and with my insect displays, as well as progress pictures and even the occasional giveaway or contest. Maybe one day I'll finally get that new fangled internet thing at home so I can build a website or blog that people can follow. Im just afraid if that were to happen my nights would be spent binge watching Friends rather than making art and I'm not sure if I'm ready for that. Haha!

We're super excited to see your work on Friday! Thanks for answering our questions!!