Friday, January 25, 2013

Paint Party Friday: Week 46, Year 2 Check In Featured Artist: Tam Hess


 image courtesy of Tam Hess

Welcome to Week 46 of Paint Party Friday (Year 2) and to the next edition of our Featured Artist Series! (Would you like to be a PPF Featured Artist? Please click here for details!) This week's featured artist  pleases us with her playful animals and warms our hearts with her whimsical trees. Please welcome Tam Hess!

Please tell us a bit about your personal history with painting. (When did you start painting? How has your painting evolved since you first started?)
In Junior High, the art teacher told my Mom I was artistic and I had a gift.  The art teacher explained that Mom should really think about getting me into the local art academy.  Whoa!  I was so excited.  Mom panicked and put me into a secretary college the first chance she got.  My Mom was convinced, artists don't make very much money. Evidently nothing would keep me from my passion.  I had a bunch of secret art journals, rather than doing any homework I would draw, draw, draw!  When I first embraced being artistic (early twenties) I was into crafts more than painting and fine art. I was always dreaming of being an artist and having my art in a gallery or having an art reception or having art published in a book.  All this seemed completely out of reach!  I think I had explored and taken classes on every art & crafty subject I could think of. Until the baby shower of 2010!

image courtesy of Tam Hess

What are your favorite techniques, media, and tools to use in creating your paintings?
When I decided to make a painting instead of the usual crafty thing for my friends baby shower, it uncovered my passion and artistic style. I painted a tree for the baby’s room.  It was pen & ink with watercolor and glitter.   I always knew watercolor was going to be a part of it....over the years I was drawn to watercolor. I was so bad at first. Finally I learned watercolor by reading a book about how to fix your watercolor mistakes.  Watercolor is really tricky for me and such an awesome challenge! I know why pen & ink and watercolor went together for me.  I feel the need to reign in the watercolor and give it structure and an illustrative look.  SO that's what I did!  The kicker however was the glitter.  Not all of my paintings have glitter but MAN!  I wish I could put glitter on everything.  Living with all boys I realize this is not the way all people feel about glitter.  So, I use it sparingly and not in all my work.

image courtesy of Tam Hess

What is your favorite thing to paint? Why?
I love painting trees.  They are so organic and they have a lot of movement.  I like giving trees a structure and whimsy that they don’t always have in nature. Trees also represent so many things to so many people. They seem happy and serve many purposes.  Besides trees, I like painting all the little animals that live in them, anything whimsical AND teddy bears.  My goofy teddy bear obsession!  I don’t think they are trendy or popular right now so there are no sales on the teddies. I  still can’t get them out of my head!

image courtesy of Tam Hess

What is your proudest painting moment and/or greatest painting achievement so far?
My proudest artistic moment was the artist reception that Moonstruck Chocolate Caf√© hosted for me in October of 2011.  I was so nervous for the event!  What a night…all my family and friends were there to support me.  I had painted 20+ paintings hung for the event and I was allowed to keep them up until the middle of December.  What a GREAT time of year!  I made a lot of sales due to the Holiday season. That event gave me the courage to get my work into a few galleries and restaurants. Another painting achievement would be the sunflower painting I did for my sister-in-law.  The painting was time consuming, over my head and I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it.  I surprised myself and did it.  She really liked it too!

image courtesy of Tam Hess

What's next in your painting future?
First I want to get the teddy bears out of my head!  Not sure how to get that done.  Will they be stuck forever?  Ugh!  Also, I really love the collage elements I am using these days in my paintings, I want to keep exploring that medium.  I want to try to get into a gallery in downtown Portland Oregon, and I would like to enter some local contests.  Get into a gift store, illustrate children’s books, actually there is a huge list of things I want to do and try and see and experience but I’ll just share those. Really making money would be nice but there is no stopping the passion and the feeling that I'm doing what I'm suppose to be doing.  It's really a peaceful feeling!

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Thank you for providing us with a hearty helping of whimsically wonderful inspiration, Tam... We look forward to watching you accomplish the goals on your "huge list"!

To see more of Tam's work, please visit:
www.artinflight.blogspot.com Her main blog
www.tamarahess.com Her portfolio
www.etsy.com/shop/HandcraftedByTamHess Her Shop

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Have a great week everyone. If you missed last week's announcement of the auction, please go back and check it out!

43 comments:

  1. Great interview, Tam!
    Thanks for hosting PPF, Kristin and Eva! I look forward to it each week! :)

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  2. Your art does have a salable look to it! I wish you well in meeting all of your goals! Think it then do it! That's my motto! ;-)

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  3. so nice to read about Tam an her wonderful whimsical art!
    Thank you!

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  4. I love your trees Tam and great interview. How lovely to meet you :-) xx

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  5. Great interview Tam, love hearing about your work. I would stick with whats in your head, becuse your bears are wonderful.

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  6. Your work is so beautiful Tam! And so is your story. I love your Teddy bear by the way :)

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  7. Happy PPF everyone. Loving Tam's work so beautiful and detailed. Thank you for sharing your story Tam. Annette x

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  8. Great artist-story! Congratulations to Tam! And the oak-tree with the squirrels is so funny and beautiful! A wonderful theme to work on - trees.
    Happy PPF to you all!

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  9. The trees are gorgeous! They remind me of the art by Stephanie Pui Mun Law, she's one of my favorites. (Which is a big compliment!)

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  10. Lovely work from Tam! Have a happy PPF you all! Valerie

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  11. hi-)))
    you do a great work here,and i am happy to find you!!!
    I wish a happy PPF to all of you-)))

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  12. Congratulations for this great artist featured, and greetings to others involved in PPF this week.

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  13. Hi Tam, love your trees, special that one nr. 3. :)

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  14. Wonderful interview from Tam! I love her trees.

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  15. Oh how fabulous! I love Tam's artwork. :)

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  16. Tam's art is just great! I simply love your style Tam, there is so much to look at, so full of character and lovely colors, wonderful!

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  17. Oh, Tam, I love your trees! So glad to get to know you!

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  18. I always love reading these profiles and looking at the amazing art and the stories behind it. Love what you do Tam :)

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  19. What wonderful art! I went right away to Tam's blog to follow her. Great interview. Thanks for all the work ou do Kristin and Eva!

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  20. pretty bizarre reaction on the part of the parent but possibly not too surprising. what a great tale, and great art!

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  21. Love these delightfully whimsical paintings!! Great story too-so happy you stuck with your passion Tam. I'm so grateful for PPF!

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  22. Great interview with Tam. Your work is beautiful. I just love these trees and wish you luck in your endeavors. Interesting story too.:) Happy PPF everyone.

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  23. Wonderful interview with Tam ~ Thanks always for hosting PPF ~ have a great weekend~ Carol ^_^

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  24. Linking up my step by step art today - thanks for hosting :)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  25. Okay, it's my first time with Mr. Linky. I hope I did everything right. Love the interview with Tam and am delighted to find a party.

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  26. I was so busy getting ready for my show in March that I forgot it was Friday. Ha ha. Have a great weekend and happy PPF to Eva and Kristin and everyone.

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  27. Love the interview, love your teddies Tam.

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  28. I love the whimsical feel of Tam's work. Blessings!

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  29. what beauty and whimsy! I hope all your hopes and dreams come true Tam. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Great interview Tam, fantastic art! <3

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  31. Oh My Gosh, that Teddy Bear is adorable!

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  32. Fabulous and fun art from tam!!!!!!!

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  33. Tam has the neatest trees! Full of color and whimsy. Good luck Tam in your art career!

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  34. Great interview. Love the Teddy bear..our neighbor used to make them but found people lost interest in bears for some reason. I think they are adorable. HPPF

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  35. Love the magic and fantasy of this work. Beautifully drawn too.

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  36. Sorry, I messed up the linky thing and didn't know how to fix it, so I did it twice. My first time. Great idea! Nice interview. Thanks.

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  37. Happy PPF everyone oh no Im so late
    -KAT- #94

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  38. I have to comment again because it's been so much fun to be a part of the party. It was so kind of everyone to welcome me in -- I guess this is the one party where being a wall flower is an asset :) I'm also very impressed with the quality of work so many are producing. If I ever despair of the state of the world, I only have to come here to get my perspective back. Creativity is everywhere.

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