We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Blaise and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was exposed to entrepreneurship from a young age while watching my dad, a serial entrepreneur, work on several of his different ventures. He always encouraged me to get my ideas out into the world. I started my own business because I love the thrill of being an artist. The idea of finding inspiration, creating artwork from scratch, marketing and selling it has always been very exciting to me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My mixed media and watercolor paintings are inspired by landscapes and seascapes that I experience during my travels around Canada, the US and abroad. My abstract landscape work seeks to capture the feelings and emotions of a place. Two and a half years ago, I moved to Melbourne, Australia with my partner where I decided to rent an art studio and pursue my dream of being an artist. This was a chance for a fresh start after working for several years as a visual display designer for a large retail brand. Being in a completely new country across the world with no friends or network really challenged me to get out of my comfort zone and be bold with making connections, applying for shows, and making a new body of artwork. I took risks, tried all kinds of opportunities and got a lot done in a short amount of time! There have been a variety of challenges and lessons learned along the way and I’m always learning more and more everyday. Some of the most valuable lessons are to trust your gut instinct when creating artwork to achieve the best results, and to get out of your comfort zone regularly. You’ll never know what you can accomplish unless you try!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Moniker general for coffee La Jolla cove seal and sea lion watching San Diego Zoo for a nice long walk and seeing adorable animals Sycamore Den for a delicious cocktail
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to Gabryel Harrison, another artist who is also one of my art mentors. I find her talent, authenticity and wisdom inspiring.
Photo Credit Oliver Reusz at Inview Images