As a part of the TJ Source duo, Tabby Noorbakhsh has interviewed for Visual Greatness Art Magazine to share some of her experience as an artist, as well as the reasons why she was drawn to art to begin with…
So, Tabby, what made you discover art?
I have been turning to art from a young age as a healthy creative outlet to express different emotions and did an Art minor at Georgetown University. In college I received formal training in art techniques and learned different styles of mediums like charcoal on paper, acrylic on canvas as well as digital art.
What interests me the most is the process of painting with acrylic paint on canvas so I can mix wet paints together to create different colors and textures. Over time and through trial and error, I have turned my hobby of art into a career due to great effort and time invested in the business since passion enough is not alone to produce money. Now that I started art merchandising my designs to things like handbags, my day job is quickly turning into managing this emerging business.
Do you still have a day job?
For the time being as I work out the kinks of inventory and marketing, my day job is brand ambassador and promotional model to various national brands where I learn from the best to incorporate principles into my own start up. No matter how busy things get I always try to make time to exhibit in art shows to network within my community.
How would you describe your art?
The kind of art that I specialize is mixed media art. I like to combine different colors and textures for a pleasing visual effect. I’ve painted with oils in the past and I enjoy that too but I enjoy acrylic paints because of their quick drying speed and easy clean up. Sometimes I like to experiment with different mediums to create interesting effects and textures within the painting like cracks and separations so different colored layers of paint show through.
My favorite thing is to use a high gloss shine over my paintings to protect them and also to really make the colors pop. In the past, I enjoyed doing large paintings and often in multi panels but lately I enjoy doing smaller pieces to finish quickly and transfer as quickly as possible to merchandise like the handbags. The purses motivate me the most because they function like a canvas, it is just a new and innovative way to showcase art. Instead of using the space of an art gallery, I made the art purse with the intention of creating a mobile personal gallery that goes everyplace with its owner.