For those of you that don't know Tiffany Wong, you should - she's the kind of genuine spirit that lights up the room she walks into and puts everyone at ease. She's not only gorgeous on the outside, but kind, funny, and extremely talented - a singer, songwriter, and artist among many other labels. After a few Instagram comment exchanges and an introductory email, Natalie and I made our way up to Tiffany's beautifully decorated home on a snowy January day for Yoga+ chat over hot tea. Homemade art was strewn throughout the space as good vibes swirled about.
On Sunday, April 26, we'll gather at Antique Taco's brand new event space, The Guest Room, for a lesson in watercolor basics lead by Tiffany, yoga, Antique Taco's signature rosemary margaritas and more. A few spots left; find the link to purchase your ticket below the interview!
Tell us about your journey to watercolors - is it a passion that you've had since childhood or a new interest that has developed in your adult life?
I don't know if I ever painted with watercolors growing up! My childhood comprised of other art expressions, but not watercolor painting in particular. I picked up an amateur watercolor kit in the winter of 2013 and decided to do a watercolor doodle every day of the month of December. I posted it daily onto my @instatiffanywong Instagram account and called it #tiffanywongartmas. After the 31 days, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, and also how much everyone responded to it. I haven't stopped painting since!
What do you love about working with watercolors? How would you describe your style?
I love that it's tangible. I can work with brushes, paint, paper and create something that wasn't there before. Being also a singer-songwriter, I appreciate the contrast between music being abstract/audible and painting being more kinesthetic/immediate. I also love sitting by the window and being able to focus on one thing quietly. In such a distracting world, it's really nice to have a moment to do something that feeds my soul. I would describe my painting style as clean, minimal, and whimsical.
In order to create your first EP album last fall, you ran a successful Kickstart campaign. Congrats! You also created custom watercolor pieces for crowd funding rewards. Can you share a bit about your experience about crowd funding and creating so many individual pieces of art for the rewards?
Thank you! The experience was wonderful and strenuous all at the same time! I was amazed at how many of my friends, family, and total strangers supported me through the Kickstarter campaign. It showed me how it feels to be part of the larger community of artists and to be supported by people who just want to cheer me on to pursue art and music. One of the funnest part of it all was being able to paint the different pieces for my supporters and to mail them off to all across America and internationally too. I've done more than 50 pieces of original art for the campaign, and I'm still wanting to paint more!
What does your support network look like as an artist in Chicago?
Just through my Kickstarter campaign, so many of my friends supported me with their amazing skills and talents. My church, Missio Dei - Lincoln Square, has been my primary support. They keep me feeling loved and always are looking out for opportunities for me! My community is a big reason why I am pursue my love for art and music. They have loved me and encouraged me from the beginning, and it's good to know that I am not alone on this journey.
What do you hope to achieve this year?
My hope is to be financially supported by my art this year. The dream is to be able to do what I love and to be able to pay my bills with it!
What's one of your favorite places in the city?
Not to seem like a total home body, but I love my apartment that I share with my roommate Jaclyn Simpson! It's always peaceful and has incredible natural light. Jaclyn and I love hosting; so on any given day people will be over hanging out and eating. I also love Lincoln Square particularly in the summer. The apartment is only a couple minutes walk from the Square, and going to the weekly farmer's market on Thursday evenings is the absolute best!