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Art & Life with Tasili Epperson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tasili Epperson.

Tasili, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Ever since I could walk, I remember having a deep appreciation for small beauties in the world around me. I was born into a very creative family: my Grandmother an accomplished figure painter, my grandpa who ran away to art school in New York, my uncles and aunts who are musicians, and parents who appreciated the arts and instilled that appreciation in me. I was always drawing different people and figures, trying to capture their intricacies. In high school, I had an art teacher who saw my love for art and encouraged me to follow my passion and study art in college. I went on to Arizona State University, where I spent four years deeply focused on studying painting and drawing. I spent countless hours in my studio and in my courses where I developed strong relationships with my professors and a better understanding of techniques, art history, composition, and concept. After College, I began painting in my 120-year-old apartment in Downtown Phoenix, where I had several shows before moving to the Verde Valley and pursuing a career as an art teacher. Now, I am combining my two passions and practicing my art while teaching as well. I think of myself as a figure and portrait painter primarily, but I love working with charcoal and colored pencil as well.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am primarily focused on portraiture. My favorite medium is oil paint, but I love working in charcoal and colored pencil as well. My oil portraits are very focused on capturing emotion, minute details and intricacies, personalities, and the sitters spirit. I am interested in color relationships and brush strokes. I do not work to be highly realistic in my painting, but I hope to use texture, brushstroke, and color to help me capture the spirit of the sitter. I hope that when people see my portraits, they feel the essence of the person, even if they do not know them.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
As an artist, I define success as creating art that communicates meaning, evokes emotion, and inspires curiosity. I think that hard work, staying inspired, and creating from a place of authenticity is important as an artist. I feel that continuing to make art despite circumstances is important as well. Allowing art to adapt and grow with your life is critical in creating authentic work that inspires others.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am not showing any of my work currently, but my work can be seen online. My website is myhumblehands.com, and my Instagram is @myhumblehandsart. I am offering prints of my work and commissioned portraits currently. I can be contacted through my website, or at myhumblehandsart@gmail.com.

Contact Info:

  • Website: myhumblehands.com
  • Phone: 9283004952
  • Email: myhumblehandsart@gmail.com
  • Instagram: myhumblehandsart
  • Facebook: myhumblehandsart; aeolione

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