We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Reid and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, as a parent, what have you done for your children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
There have been a few things that I really think have impacted my daughter’s life: being a confident female role model, having big dreams, and encouraging her creative spirit. Firstly, I think it is so important that young girls get an extra dose of encouragement. We are our own worst enemy sometimes and I really feel it is my job to ignore those negative feelings and focus on our positives. As a result, I try not to criticize myself or my art. I may say something like, “this could use some improvement” or “maybe I should have tried something different here” but it is useless to focus on the negative as it only breeds self hate. And this applies to everything! Positive attracts positive! Secondly, I encourage her to have BIG dreams! If you don’t put your dream out into the universe, it will never get heard. So aim high and you never know what will come back to you. And at least at the end of the day you can tell yourself that you tried. And lastly, I try and allow her artistic flare to flow. Sometimes its wild and crazy but it can take you to a place you never dreamed. As such we do a lot of abstract work together, mixing medias, colours, ideas. She is often the one who influences me to be more creative. We forget as adults what is it like to be uninhibited…..to not care what others think. Children live so freely up to a certain age then somethings happens to our confidence. I encourage her to keep this artistic freedom for as long as she can.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Canadian contemporary abstract artist. Being from the Pacific Northwest and experiencing the dramatic weather in the area such as cold winters and sensational storms, my work is heavily inspired by the currents of the ocean that serve to guide the weather, as well as the gravity of nature that one feels so strongly. As such, my paintings contain a compelling evocation of the delicate balance of chaos and order, as can be found in weather and earth systems. I also emphasize the natural connection between the heart of man and the forces of nature. Using a unique and non-traditional techniques involving various media such as isopropyl, textured pastes, resin, and recycled materials, I am able to create luscious paintings filled with bright organic bubbles of colors as well as sensuous textured surfaces that recall both the rugged power and fragile beauty of the natural world simultaneously. Through these enthralling compositions I seek to create an emotional and sensorial journey for the viewer, allowing them to be transported to an unimaginable place where they can lose themselves. I would love to sound more interesting by saying that I had a dark past and that is where my art stems from but its not the case. I was very lucky to grow up in a good home and as such my art is uplifting and colourful. It really radiates from a happy place.
My art career really began with my husband and daughter who encouraged me to pursue painting. It is really their story I would like to share with you which led me on this journey. My husband and I fell in love under incredible circumstances. He had lost his wife to a tragic battle of breast cancer at the young age of 33. Lyla was only 2 years old when we first met and naturally my heart broke into a million pieces. They captured my heart from the beginning but it was not an easy journey. It was a decided choice to pursue happiness… It would have been easy to fall into that pit of despair but Corey was resilient and determined. We fell in love after friends convinced us that we were meant to be. After many cocktails and a really terrible Elvis impersonator show, we were smitten. That was the easy part. There were still many mixed feelings of grief and guilt. One of the biggest hurdles I had to also overcome was being an insta-mom to a 4 year old. Parents you know what I am talking about. Tantrums, sleepless nights, nightmares, picky eating…..it all hit me like a ton of bricks. And nurturing did not come to me organically….. What did I sign up for? I went from the indulgent single life (eating doritos out of my belly button and sleeping in whenever I wanted) into full steam motherhood! But Lyla had the ability to melt your heart with her sweet “I love you”s and morning snuggles. Despite everything they had been through, their love was bigger than their grief and through love and patience, we became a family. Lyla and I grew especially close through art. She taught me that art has no limits. She was wildly creative and free spirited. While I was teaching her to grow up, she was teaching me to be a child again. That is when my art really flourished. Through the sharing of wild ideas, storytelling, snuggles, laughter and painting, we created our own special relationship. She helped me free my artistic side and show me my true self. My art is often inspired by connecting to the inner child and enjoying the simpler things in life that bring us day to day happiness and fulfillment. Who said art had to be dark and moody? Corey gave me the courage and confidence to dream big. He thought I was truly talented and believed in me so much. He encouraged me to take BIG steps in my art career, pushing me to take courses, enter contests and apply to galleries. Last year, I was honoured to be represented by the Agora Gallery in New York City. We even flew down for the showing of my favourite two pieces which were painted especially for the showing (HE LOVES ME….. and SEA OF BLOOM). These two pieces really captured my love for Corey and my personal growth as an artist. Corey and I got married in 2017 and I adopted Lyla a year later. It was not how I thought I would become a mother but I wouldn’t change anything. I am proud to be a mom to Lyla. I am so in love with these two amazing human beings. It has been a wild adventure and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Hands down my shout out goes to my family! My husband, daughter and parents have been 100% behind me all the way in my art career. They believed in me more than I did. It was my husband who encouraged me to take classes, sell online and then last year our big trip to New York to showcase my work at the Agora Gallery. My parents were there every step of the way, even meeting us down in New York. But my biggest fan is my daugther, who is 9 years old. She is always so excited for me when I create something new or sold something online. I really don’t think I would have had the confidence to become an artist without my family.