Tiffany Blaise

What is your favourite medium and why?

My favourite medium is oil paint because I love its versatility and beautiful blending quality.

What themes do you explore in your work?

I mostly explore landscapes that embody the human soul, and human vulnerability before the unconquerable powers of nature.

In the series that I’m currently working on, I am exploring the wilderness as metaphor, depicting a vast environment which one is invited to navigate through to a refuge and beauty in the distance.

What should people know about your art that they can't tell from looking at it?

My artworks have anywhere from 4-6 layers of paint!

If you have to choose one artist whose work inspires you, who would it be?

There are so many artists who inspire me greatly but if I had to pick one it would probably be William Turner because his work is timeless and powerful. I specifically love his sketches and rough work, which are borderline abstract.

Tell us about your studio. Location, clean, cluttered, big, small, etc?

My little studio is located in Northcote, and is filled with lots of natural light. I try to keep it uncluttered so that I can find my materials! Sketches, photos, and moodboards line the white walls, and I have a drying rack at the back for my works on paper. It’s also really close to the kitchen which is handy for my frequent tea breaks!

Do you have any pre-work ritual that puts you in the right mindset to create art?

Must have coffee! Sometimes I listen to a motivating talk on Creative Mornings to get in the zone, since I find going to the studio to create work daunting.

Do you prefer to work with music or in silence?

I love listening to podcasts while I work to get ideas and learn new things. Some of my faves are Talking with Painters, Design Matters and Clever. If I’m more in the mood for listening to music, some of my favorite artists as of late are The Strokes and Angus and Julia Stone.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy hiking, surfing and being in nature. I live for weekend trips and exploring new places! I also love going to markets on the weekend and getting fresh ingredients to try out new recipes.

What is your favourite colour?

Blue! I feel very connected to the ocean and sky, so turquoise and navy are colours that speak to me.

What do you collect?

I collect old photographs, books and interesting papers, brushes and props from my travels that I can use in photoshoots for my artwork.

Interests other than art?

I love to travel because it fulfills my need for adventure. The things I see and the people I meet give me so much inspiration. I hope to travel around Japan next year, and maybe even do an artist residency there.

Are there specific messages within your work?

My work seeks to connect people with their surrounding environment and to find stillness.

What excites and inspires you as an artist?

I’m excited about the influx of opportunities for artists that have popped up over the past few years, such as collaborations between artists and major brands, and transforming artworks into immersive experiences through virtual reality. The online art gallery sphere also breaks down a lot of barriers for artists to get work their work out into the world, which I think is exciting!

What does your creative process entail?

My creative process involves a lot of research, image gathering and testing. I love using Pinterest as a tool to develop ideas for collections of work.

What do you enjoy most about painting?

I enjoy reaching a state of flow while I’m painting, which is a complete escape that happens when you really get into a painting and forget about everything else around you.

How do you know when an artwork is completed?

It just needs to feel complete! I try not to overthink it!

What advice do you have for artists who are starting out?

Read Danielle Laporte’s the Desire Map and Fire Starter Sessions to connect to your “why” and understand how you want to feel and operate as an artist (and human). Reach out to artists you admire to find out how they’re doing it, and get your artwork out into the world, whether its online on social media, in group shows, or in a shop.

Do you have any planned upcoming exhibitions?

Off the Kerb’s “Winter Days“ Group Show launching Friday July 27 until Aug 9th, 2018. My watercolour paintings are currently on display at the meditation studio “A-Space”.