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Meet Tiffany Reid

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Reid.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Growing up I was a very creative child. My mother was always so surprised at the masterpieces I would create with toilet paper rolls in daycare. Throughout school I would win contests for painting and even got the opportunity to study under Bill Reid (no relation), the famous Canadian artist. I was always encouraged to pursue art however, I did feel the pressure to complete a degree that would give me more applied skills so I completed my degree in Communications/Psychology. After university, I went into sales and like many, art fell to the way side. I loved sales but really felt I was denying my true self. Painting still lingered in the background but I never had the courage or confidence to put myself out there. It wasn’t until about 3 years ago that I started to pursue it professionally. I met my husband and his beautiful daughter who encouraged me to follow my dream of art. Lyla, was 2 years old when we first met and had just lost her mother tragically to breast cancer. Naturally my heart broke into a million pieces. But Lyla and Corey had tremendous strength and together we overcame their loss. Never having been a mother myself, nurturing did not come to me organically. I was mystified by the temper tantrums, picky eating, and bad nightmares.

I always thought I was a patient person, but alas to my own surprise, I was definitely not. It was challenging but slowly through Lyla’s creativity and free spirit we formed a unique bond. 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?

Amongst all this, I fell in love with Corey, who is the love of my life. He truly helped me become a mother and believed in me as an artist. He has taught me that no dream is ever too big. I am grateful to say, that last year Corey and I got married and adopted Lyla officially as my own. I feel truly honoured to be a mother in this capacity.

During this beautiful love affair, I developed the confidence to pursue art and enrolled at Emily Carr and courses around the city. I really didn’t know what style or medium I wanted to work in so I did a lot of courses in mixed media. This was an adventure for sure. I really didn’t know what to think when I pulled up to a table of what looked like a mound of garbage and was supposed to make magic out of it. But, I thought back to my preschool-self and remembered how I made mansions out of toilet paper rolls. I will be honest, probably for the first year I made absolute crap. But it was the journey that transformed me into the artist today. Creating was like meditation for me.

It gave me peace and calmness that nothing else had before. I was completely addicted! It was like someone gave me permission to be me. For hours and days I painted until one day randomly, someone on Instagram offered to buy one of my paintings. It was one of the most exciting moments of my life. Someone actually thought I was good?? WTF?!! It was the biggest compliment I could ever receive. After that, there was no looking back. I had to make this happen for myself. Gradually I was offered spots in shows and opportunities in businesses to hang my art. And most recently, was offered to be represented by Agora Gallery in New York. Yes, I can die now! I am completely honored and thrilled. Dreams do come true.

Please tell us about your art.
Creating art is very psychological for me….I get inspired when I least expect it. I see something in nature, a colour combination, or other works that inspire me and then veraciously attack my canvas. I see things differently and as a result I paint abstractly. The idea, which sounds amazing in my head, goes back and forth emotionally like a bad boyfriend. It’s a love/hate relationship until I finally get to the end and I am truly in love again! Or I have to end the madness and break up with it. It’s quite psychotic to watch actually. My husband will tell you, it’s like watching someone with multiple personalities. He’s learned to not comment until the end because I tend to over think the feedback and change my direction entirely instead of staying true to my instincts.

Technically speaking, I use a unique, non-traditional approach using acrylic and isopropyl to repel the paint to reveal bright coloured bubble-like formations. I tend towards a vibrant palette as it gives more drama to the painting. I use acrylic paint, textured pastes, resin, and recycled materials to create my original paintings and mix media sculptures. Not only do the textures and resins really bring depth and emotion to each piece, I also feel they tell an interesting narrative. You find yourself wanting to touch them, question them, be a part of them or if I’ve allowed your mind to go that far, be transported to an unimaginable place.

Each of my pieces are thoughtfully crafted with the aim of taking you on an emotional and sensorial journey. My work takes on various unpredictable forms, constantly challenging one’s perspectives. My intention is to take you to a place that connects to the active part of your brain leaving a hint, new idea, question, or feeling. What feeling is that you ask? That is for the viewer to conceptualize. Just one image can evoke an ocean of emotions, unlocking an entire person’s perception. My art often has a natural connection between the heart of man and the forces of Mother Nature. I attempt to convey energy, paradox, strength and beauty.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I feel grateful that I have a community to lean on for support with my art. With so many outlets for social media, I really don’t feel alone. But I can see how artists could feel this way as the painting is not a team sport. Plus on top of it for many artists, it is a very emotional process. Artists should make a habit of reaching out to others online. I often do this with Instagram when I see others that I really admire. I ask them about their process or what their journey has been life. Recently, I met with another artist and was so surprised to hear that our artistic paths were very similar. She was also taking a departure from her corporate world to pursue art. I was not alone! For some reason this brought me great inspiration. It was a fantastic meeting of the minds in which we shared our experiences and ideas. I highly recommend reaching out to other artists.

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Image Credit:
Felicia Chang

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