Today we’d like to introduce you to Tatiana Herrera.
Tatiana, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I never knew I could paint! I started painting 11 years ago at a date night event of paint and wine.
This was back when they were just starting to come out with the concept of sip and paint. I honestly just went for the fun of it, for the socialization and the wine, lol. I sat down in front of a canvas for the first time and listened to an instructor show us what to do.
I tried to replicate the reference picture as best as I could and for the first time ever I zoned out in creativity. I was in a mental place where I thought about nothing but the paintbrush and the canvas #bliss.
After I was done, the picture came out a lot better than I thought, even other people around us thought I had painted before, but I hadn’t! That’s when I knew I had to keep exploring this talent and was eager to learn as much as I could from the art world.
From that moment on, I started searching for free workshops at local art supply stores, browsed YouTube videos, explored what the good products were, what kind of canvases were best, and how the various paint brushes worked.
I simply became enamored with observing and learning about the entire world of creation and haven’t stopped since then.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I think the biggest challenge when growing your passion/craft is within your own self. Finding your voice and your own flair in artistry is hard.
It takes a lot of time, effort, practice, and dedication to explore all kinds of inspirations so that you can confidently develop your own voice within the craft and not compare yourself to other people. Financially, it’s always difficult as well because everything you create requires money to exercise your creativity to its full potential.
Better material, better quality brushes, and paint are obviously more expensive, so that is always a challenge. But I am grateful that throughout the years I’ve had profits from my artwork and because I’ve always stuck to the principle of reinvesting it into my artwork, I’ve used that to support my passion.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I have a degree in communications and have worked many years in the field of marketing so I feel that has really helped me build a voice and brand for my artwork. My artwork is bold, colorful, and always speaks to a concept.
I specialize in acrylic painting with texture applications. I am known for marrying imagery of Mother Nature within images of objects, female silhouettes, or architectural references. I’m also known for my obsession with applying moss and dried-up acrylic paint to my paintings.
I am most proud of the way I can take human emotions/vulnerabilities and create a visual representation of some of the realities that make us all human. My pieces are relatable because they tap into our human nature, which is something that all of us can relate to even if our perspectives on topics vary.
What sets me apart from other artists is the fact that these pieces come from me; no two artists are ever the same.
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
The most important lesson I’ve learned is that the moment you start comparing yourself to every other artist out there and create solemnly to make money, you risk losing yourself and the love you feel for the craft.
Learn to be inspired by those that you admire, and create to inspire the ones that look up to you while sharing your talents and learnings along the way. It’s never a competition for me because I am unique to my art.
Some will love it and others will think it’s mediocre, and that’s OK. Art is subjective. Believing in your own artistry is what strengthens that commitment to growing your artwork year after year while staying passionate about it.
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