I had the opportunity to talk with Tara Jane about her art and asked for some advice for beginner artists!
To our fellow artists who haven’t met you yet, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hello world 🙂 My name is Tara Jane and I’m a part-artist – part-psychologist based in Brisbane, Australia. I’m a gouache painter of landscapes and pathways!
What is your main goal when it comes to your art? Is there a certain message that you want to convey or a certain way you want people to feel when they look at your work?
Since I work full-time, I keep art as a space where I feel I can be free and explore whatever comes my way. This is a particular reason I do sketchbook work. There are no expectations or desires for sketches to be something other than a journey. In a way, I think that I try to convey that in what I paint. Adventure, creativity, growth. They mean different things to different people and I love seeing that reaction to my work.
What’s your favourite art tool that you can’t live without?
I’m extremely messy when it comes to mixing, so my porcelain palette is honestly something that I *need*. The ease of washing is practically life-changing.
What inspires you to create art and what do you do when you’re feeling uninspired? Where do you seek inspiration?
I’m always struck by inspiration when I’m out in nature! Gardens, forests, mountains. Even when I’m walking to work, I’m looking at the overgrown plants on driveways and it makes me want to paint it. When I’m not feeling inspired, I just give myself time. I know it will come back to me when it wants to, and when it does I’ll be waiting! Haha.
Who are your biggest influences? Is there a particular artist that inspired you to pursue art? Whose techniques do you study or admire?
As an artist, the biggest inspiration to me has of course been Studio Ghibli. My style, themes, colours, identity, is really rooted from those movies. When I feel I’m losing technique or need to practice, I will do studies of Ghibli backgrounds.
What advice do you have for artists who don’t have enough time to be creative? Is there any way to practice your art skills without having to paint for hours?
I 100% can relate to this because I can only really paint on weekends at the moment. This was the biggest reason I switched to doing mostly sketchbook paintings as they only take me 1-2 hours. This was one of the most freeing things that I’ve done and it’s made painting so much more enjoyable for me. My advice is just to do what you can manage and not put any expectations on yourself.
What advice do you have for beginner artists with a small following wanting to sell their work online?
This is tricky because it took me a long time to find my groove and boom online. I noticed that when I posted more consistently and found more of my own style, my online presence and ability to sell work became a lot easier. I think that is a lot easier said than done however! It takes time and trial-and-error, so don’t give up!
Throughout the years, I’ve noticed a lot of artists struggle to find their artist style. Is an artist style important to have in your opinion? And how do feel does an artist find their own style?
When you’re starting out, it’s important to try different things because that’s the only way that you’ll grow. Eventually, there will probably come a time where you notice it’s easier to paint or draw in a certain way, or maybe you enjoy doing it in a certain way more. That’s where your natural style will flow in. But in saying that, being an artist means a continuous stream of challenges and exploration, so your style is always evolving.
Where do you hang out most online? Where can we find you?
Thanks Tara for taking the time for this interview, it was great getting to know you better and I’m sure that all of us can’t wait to see what beautiful scenes you create in your sketchbook next!