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Art style? Too many mediums? Why can't she make up her mind?

This is usually how you'll find me. I love to be outside. I own more denim than I care to admit. Comfy shoes are the key to happiness – and a smile never hurt anybody.


Q&A for the Win

Sometimes it's difficult to just talk about my art. For a long time it's been very personal and not something I shared with most people. And now I'm putting it out there on socials, launching a website, actually selling pieces – it's pretty amazing.

Let's get real. I'm a 24 year-old, liberal, black, woman...in Texas. The explanation behind my art, the current social climate that inspires certain pieces, is not always well received by the average Texan in conversation. So below you'll find a few questions I've received since publicizing my art along with my honest, unfiltered responses (because it's my site and I can say what I want :P).


Q: How would you describe your art style?


When it comes to paintings and mixed media it's a twist on modern street art. There's some strong feminine influence in most of my pieces. I'm big on black and white imagery and bold colors but, never together. I love good strong lines just as much as I love to see colors blend and dance together. My photography isn't quite as specific. You'll see these trends in my landscape photography. I've always been inspired by places and spaces. I've spent most of my life traveling and have no plans to stop any time soon. It all manages to be relatively cohesive because, well, it's all me.





Q: Alright, why so many mediums? Can't make up your mind?


Who said I had to pick one? (That was my word for word response). As far as I'm concerned, art is the one field where rules don't apply. There are some obvious ones you have to follow to achieve certain results - good luck painting over varnish or fixing an over exposed photo - but other than that, who cares. I'm very comfortable in acrylic, pastels, and mixed media (aka: everything together in whatever order won't crumble apart). In the last few years I've moved into watercolor and love it despite its difficulty. So those are all the mediums you'll see...for now.



Tyra Johnson - Mixed Media (Pastel and Acrylic) on Wood: Quite literally emphasizing the need for women to speak their minds. We are venturing somewhat backwards as far as women's rights are concerned. You'll find in depth descriptions for all of my original art within the image gallery on my site.


Q: What's your creative process?


I'd say 90% of the time, I see an end result in my head and work backward to figure out how to create it. Along the way I may realize I want certain aspects to change, but rarely do I start and just see what happens. That's a common process for many abstract artist and you'll notice that's a word I have yet to use in describing my art. Even when I photograph people - I'll start physically moving them all over the place and they look at me like I'm a mad woman. In the end it just works. Don't ask me how I conjure up something in my head; quite frankly, I have no clue. Call it a gift, divine intervention, whatever. I'm just glad I can do it.


Q: Any other hobbies?


Probably too many! Cooking (and eating), yoga, aerial silks, travel, anything outdoors, reading. I'll try most things once – I'm kind of an adrenaline junky. It's so important to me that I just experience as much as I can. That's really the point of us being here isn't it?


Q: Plans for Tyra J Studio as a brand?


You'll start to see some cool functional art pieces for home decor in the next year. Interior design and home decor are so interesting to me and are just another art form. So be on the lookout for that!


Q: You seem a little all over the place. Do you think you'll settle into your style with time?


There's a huge misconception that variety equates to uncertainty as far as art goes. Not making one decision doesn't always mean an artist is indecisive. Making multiple, conscious, decisions to explore art forms and avoid stagnancy is the key. Sometimes it doesn't pan out. Sometimes it's more than I could've imagined. It's all in the journey.


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