Colorado, United States
Chasing a Dream
Creative, Sarcastic, Adventurous
My name is Tanielle Childers and I am a self-taught artist from Loveland, Colorado. I'm currently a part-time artist and full-time mom to two wonderful kids, ages seven and three. I recently gave up my job as a graphic artist of 13 years to chase my childhood dream of being an artist and have never been happier.
At age 20, I was graciously given the opportunity to focus on putting together a portfolio over the course of about eight months. With my portfolio in hand, I jumped in with both feet and was able to get into a couple of local galleries and began showing and selling my work. I knew then that I could become the artist I always dreamed of.
My style of work is stylized representational and non-representational art mingled with whimsy and imagination. The delicate, often intricate details breathe effervescence into each piece. These signature elements become the final touch of artistry.
Anything that moves me:
Flowers, Dreamscapes, Abstracts are my main focus right now
I prefer to work in acrylics at the present moment because of the flexibility they offer in terms of opacity, transparency and the quick dry time. I love to build transparent layers of color by diluting the acrylics to a watercolor consistency to create depth and values, but also enjoy creating thick layers of textures. Both styles can be easily achieved using the same medium.
Each piece begins with flashes of imagery. These visions provide a general impression for composition, colors, movement and feeling. From there, realistic attributes of the subject matter are studied and reinvented to finalize the concept. I then surrender to the stillness of my mind where color and emotion become the sole focus as the painting comes to life through intuition.
Where do you get ideas for painting?
Inspiration for subject matter in this series is a compilation of renewed self-discovery, the excitement of chasing a dream and reflection on the magic of childhood memories where imagination thrives without boundaries.
Why do you create art?
The need to create art is as vital to me as the air I breathe. It comes from a quiet and magical place within that words fail to describe.
"I found I could say things with colors and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." ~Georgia O'Keefe
How often do you create?
I don't feel like I have time to create as often as I'd like between marketing, networking and self-promoting, but without all of these I am an artist with no name. I have three dedicated days per week, nights and weekends to accomplish all I can. I try to create art when it's ready to pour out of me and market and promote when it's not.
What is the best painting you ever created?
My best paintings have been the ones that were created straight from my heart; Brought to life using my intuition and every ounce of emotion flowing straight through me and into the paint covering the canvas, practically painting themselves.
What role does the artist play in society?
"Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination." ~Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
Do you make a living with your art?
I don't make a living at it yet, but my art is maintaining itself. The money I make is poured back in by purchasing more materials, supplies and marketing myself as an artist. I make my money by selling prints and notecards of my originals and of course by selling my originals as well.
I have so many art influences that are ever-changing and revolving and certain artists speak to me at different times in my life. I've always been inspired by Picasso for his 'painting what he thinks instead of what he sees', as well as 'art washing away from the soul, the dust of everyday life' for the emotion aspect.
Georgia O'Keefe, for being able to 'say things with colors and shapes that I couldn't say any other way'. Salvador Dali for "The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.”
In essence, I'm inspired by all art and all colors that surround me, but my art is my own and is influenced by something within myself that I struggle to describe. It's built in and exists in the stillness of my mind; I feel it, I see it, I paint it.
These are the 2 I'm currently using, but am always in search of better ways to promote myself, my work and keep my name and art out there for more people to see.
Please recommend a great contemporary artist?
Michael Lang, Liverpool, NY
Vibrant, contemporary, inspiring, amazing
Childhood Art Memory
When I was in the first grade, my teacher Mrs. Beal, created an art contest. We had an old radiator heater in the classroom that would make constant knocking sounds. The contest was to use our imagination and draw whatever we thought could be causing the noises inside. I drew some sort of an imaginary monster and won the contest and $.01. I have loved art ever since and still thrive on my imagination to this day.
Did you ever feel like giving up art?
Yes, I've wanted to give up many times throughout the years and even tried to convince myself that I don't need art and lived a long time without. The truth of the matter is, I don't feel alive unless I'm painting and creating, so I gave up my job as a graphic artist to get back to living.
Where do you see yourself as an artist in 10 years?
I see myself doing solo exhibits, painting small and large scale pieces in my very own art studio, teaching classes, making a living with my art and hopefully inspiring other emerging artists along the way.
Advice for emerging artists?
Create art that is true to you, self-promote and market yourself, network with fellow artists, believe in yourself and don't ever give up.
"Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, your actions louder than your words, and your faith stronger than your feelings." ~unknown
Chasing a Dream