My name is Tawna.
I’m a multi-passionate creative who is on a mission to help others rediscover their creativity, overcome resistance, and nurture a healthy art practice. I have many canvases. I’ve been an artist for over 30 years, I run my own interior design firm, and I am a budding photographer. My work celebrates the simple, ordinary things. My hope is that I’ll encourage others to see the beauty in the mundane and feel the quiet joy of everyday living.
My own creative journey hasn’t been an easy one.
I was born into a farming family near the Idaho/Wyoming border. For reasons still unknown to me, I decided to teach myself to draw in grade school by sketching different horse breeds out of an encyclopedia. My skills progressed rapidly, and eventually I went to college on an art scholarship.
When I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in oil painting, I had a little family beside me. My love for my family was deep, but I began to neglect my art and own dreams while I made room for theirs. Before I understood what was happening, I was battling depression.
The only thing that seemed like a good idea during that time was to go back to school. I made the choice to study interior design, and four years later, I was a nationally certified interior decorator. I wasn’t painting much, but I was taking steps to recovery. I was allowing myself to dream again. And as I dug in and did the hard soul work, art made its way back into my life.
I finally gave it the commitment it needed after a decade in interior design. I took a year and committed to daily painting. I found my art patiently waiting for me, and I discovered what I wanted to say on its behalf.
This website is an accumulation all the struggle and triumph, coming together for a greater good.
I offer online art classes on this site.
My goal is to teach you all the lessons I’ve learned about putting creative work into the world through the act of finishing a painting. This is done deliberately. Each lesson contains within it the principles of art (the how) as well as life lessons and stories (the why) to why we need to create. Finishing the painting puts you into the frame of mind needed to nurture a healthy art practice.
The lessons don’t have to be taken in order, although it helps. Take a look and see if you’d like to learn more about your craft.
Interior design work has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. It has helped me join forces with some of the best designers and clients in the country, where I’ve done a mix of design and custom artwork.
Do you have something that you care about you’d like commemorated with art?
Reach out via my contact page.
I have many ready-to-go pieces of art waiting for their forever homes. Grab your favorite before it is gone!
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