Just a few more days till our TOMS event! We’re going to be having local artists customizing freshly purchased TOMS shoes. Come by and meet the creative Timberleanne Ardent.
Where are you from, Timberleanne?
I am from Lancaster, California born and raised. I recently moved to San Diego within the last year and what brought me here was the unique opportunity to utilize my artistic talents and abilities.
Where did you get your art skills?
As far as training goes, for the most part, I am self trained. I have been an artist my whole life and received training from my father, who is a very talented artist. I inherited his artistic talent. I have not attended any art schools, but have taken art classes in both high school and the local college to enhance my technique.
What inspires you?
What inspires me most is my family and friends, whom I love and owe everything to. Love is powerful inspiration and most of my art actually is gifted to them most of the time. My portfolio mostly consists of photographs of my artwork because I have given them to family and friends to cherish. I also find inspiration in certain aspects of my life that hold the most meaning, not just family and friends, but also my spiritual beliefs of nature and connection. Also, that little hint of dark side that includes my most favorite holiday, Samhain, or for those who don’t know its original name, Halloween.
How would you describe your artistic style?
My artistic style involves an array of different mediums. Sketching, painting with watercolor, or acrylic, even sculpting. My original works include a lot of dark and demented form of art. The things I pull out of my mind are similar to things one may find in a Halloween store. The style that I have is unusual at best, but I like the frightening things that come out of my head. My artistic style also includes a lot of duplicated works. I can visually duplicate just about anything, characters, animals, landscapes, and logos, anything that I can see. I can scale and resize these works of art just by looking at them and not using graphs. I mainly use this type of duplicate work with my family who always want a favorite Disney character painted, or I use their favorite animal on birthday cards that I make.
What are your hobbies and interests?
My main hobby is art. In any form or medium, not only sketching or painting but, sculpting, special effects with makeup, costumes, lighting, and decorating. Any type of craft project is my hobby. My interests include Halloween, and other holidays that I like decorating for… I like scary things. Monsters, myths, and magic.
Tell us about one of your favorite art pieces that you have created.
One of my favorite pieces, (I have many) is the first involved painting that I have ever done. It was in high school, and up until that point, I found painting very difficult. It was the first painting that I discovered how to use light values with acrylic paint. I call the piece “My Leopard Painting.” It is an acrylic painting of a leopard in the jungle, by a river. It was a photo off of a calendar that I had to duplicate, and It is the first painting that I was ever proud of. I received the highest grade on it and It has remained one of my favorite paintings that I’ve ever done.
What are your goals as an artist?
My goals as an artist include using my artistic talent throughout my life. I would like to work at a job where I am able to use my art skills in an everyday manner. I have always wanted to be an “artist,” in the sense that I could make a piece of artwork and sell it. In this day and age, there is a wide range of occupations in which I can use my talents: special effects makeup, interior design, architecture, advertisement, product distribution, and my goal as an artist is to obtain at least one of those jobs in my life.
Who are your heroes?
One of my heroes is my dad. He taught me all that I know in art and that is what makes me who I am.
Who is your favorite artist or what is your favorite art piece?
My favorite artist is Leonardo Da Vinci. I love his work and not just his art, but his spirit and inventions.
Do you have any advice for other aspiring artists?
The best advice I can give is practice. Like with anything in life, practice is most important, it allows you to better yourself and keep you going. Also, to follow your heart. Instinct is important in life and should be used more often.
From flower skulls to cartoon characters, Timberleanne will have you covered. This weekend, stop by our store and get your TOMS painted by her! Other artists at the event include Alex Minch, Ben Gianas, and Blanca Yanez.