Painting from the Inside Out
Our next Glow Sis Glow feature, Tyra Powers, is a phenomenal woman whose artwork is like a mirror to her soul. We are so excited to share her story with you. Journey into her celebratory world of art and be inspired!
They say art is the journey of a free soul. Tell us about your journey and how it inspired such amazing pieces.
My journey began at the age of 6 when I first began to draw. From that moment, I knew I wanted to continue to create. I always enjoyed seeing other people happy, so I decided to paint a style representing celebratory artwork. Growing up as an introvert, it was hard for me to build relationships with people. I soon began using my art as a way to connect. I decided to create bright and vibrant pieces not only to assist with my own happiness, but to bring a smile to other people’s faces.
We are in love with the art on your Instagram page @just_tyra_. How has social media assisted you on your journey of entrepreneurship? Have you faced in obstacles along the road?
Social Media has assisted me on the journey of entrepreneurship by allowing me to come in contact and network with so many people outside of Maryland. I’ve participated in shows in New York, California and even had my artwork published in an Art Hip Hop book by Paul Stewart. I will continue to place my work across various social media platforms in order to reach as many people as I can. I face obstacles everyday but I strive to learn how to overcome and push past any issues that may temporarily hinder me.
We see so many artists, graphic designers, etc. offering services of all kinds on all platforms. In your Bio on Instagram, you make it quite clear “No Logos or Clothing Designs.” Is there a story behind this?
I do not service logos or clothing designs because I simply prefer to work on my craft before I commit to these services. I still feel as though I’m finding my style with the completion of each and every painting. In addition to painting with both acrylic and oil paint I take the time out to draw and I’m always interested in learning new forms of art which takes a tremendous amount of time. I’m also focusing on creating my own Sip and Paint classes as well therefore as visual artist with my own set of goals I decided not to participate in the creation of logos and clothing designs at this time. I do follow many great graphic designers on social media that I refer clients to who are interested in these services.
Here at Twisted. Curly. Cool. we are all about being inspired by the sharing of others journey. Who inspires you and Why?
I don’t have a specific person that inspires me. I’m grateful that I had such wonderful parents and siblings that taught me to be inspired by life. I’m inspired by so many people who fight against the odds everyday. I’m inspired by people who are told they can’t do it but never give up. I’m inspired by people who don’t fit typical beauty standards and deal with negativity and hate but yet still continue. I’m inspired by persistence, motivation and dedication.
As an artist, can you think of a quote that empowered you on your journey?
“It took me 4 years to paint like Raphael, but a life time to paint like a child.” This quote by Pablo Picasso has baffled me but it also empowers me. I’m so empowered by this quote because I think the results of painting the opposite of the way you are taught are astounding. It gave me new insight and introduced a new meaning to the word “Art”. I would like for people to never give up. In a world where there are so many reasons to just to stop living your dreams I encourage you not to. Each and everyday you wake up is another chance and it’s your duty to keep yourself motivated towards whatever dream you have. I’m consumed by thoughts of creating new ways to experience art and the many quotes by Pablo Picasso has influenced and sparked a new interest in my definition of art.
Are there any future projects our readers should be looking out for? How can our readers contact you for more information?
Yes! I have some exciting new projects coming up such as live paintings and paint classes. I’m always doodling or working on new ideas and I can’t wait to share that with my supporters. I’m excited and I look forward to building a personal connection with everyone that believes in me. Stay in contact with me by following me on Instagram: just_tyra_. Check my website at www.tyrapowersart.com to stay updated on all my future events and don’t forget check out my blog.
Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us! Do you have any final words of inspiration?
I would like for people to never give up. In a world where there are so many reasons to just to stop living your dreams I encourage you not to. Each and everyday you wake up is another chance and it’s your duty to keep yourself motivated towards whatever dream you have.