tiffany edwards august 2011

tiffany edwards

tiffany edwards: august 12th

Tiffany Edwards is a local artist inspired by mythology, nature and the universe. Her paintings are vibrantly colorful and portray surrealist portraits and landscapes that communicate the energy she sees in the world around her. We are lucky to have snatched her away from her busy school schedule for this month's art walk.

We asked Tiff to answer a few questions about her work, click the more link below to read the full Q&A.

How would you describe your work?

I use the process of painting as a therapeutic and mindful tool, as well as an alchemical process allowing me to express and share my energy with the world. The process for me is equally as important as the product. “The Boop Collection” is an ongoing explorative series consisting of both experimental and refined pieces created by myself. The pieces consist of mystical and surreal themed portraits and landscapes, along with a wide variety of subject matter.

What inspires you?

Inspiration for my creations is abundant and free flowing, ranging from all things internal to external, of this world and the ether. More specifically I am inspired by ancient mythology, loved ones who have passed, landscapes, plants, bugs, the human form and animals. Primarily, the vibrations I feel and see within myself and in the world reflect what I cannot share verbally with the world by means of line, shape, and color.

How did you get started?

I believe I have my mother to thank for this one. She always supplied me with a multitude of art supplies when I was younger. After 8th grade I stopped creating and stuck to doing random doodles in sketchbooks. I really started painting around the time I took my first drawing class at UCO spring of 2009. I was truly inspired after I had my first painting assignment in this class. Our assignment was to paint with India ink using a twig as our paintbrush. Shortly after this exploration into India ink I started working with acrylics, then with mixed media, and last fall with oils. The Japanese artwork I saw at my grandparents’ house growing up left quite the impression on me. This can be seen in the earlier works I did. They were primarily space Geisha themed.

What are your goals for the future?

I will continue experimenting with three-dimensional and textural qualities, along with incorporating found objects into my works. I have begun manifestation paintings and plan on starting a children’s book series. I will be working with stone and wire more frequently, as well. I am pursuing my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Education, and my goal is to give children tools to channel their creativity and heal through their art. I will be teaching in urban schools after I graduate in fall 2012.

My artistic adventures within the next decade include traveling worldwide photographing, drawing, and painting landscapes and the people from various cultures using these as reference and inspiration for large-scale murals in the States. Towards the end of my life I would like to sculpt large-scale geisha and create ukiyo-e on silk in Japan. I am not attached to a specific future. I would like to leave room for the Infinite to co-create with me.