Hi ~ My name is Tami Hughes.... To better understand how I became an artist, let's start almost from the beginning...
I have been drawing most of my life; from what I was told, it started at the age of 4. I won my first competition at the age of 10, where I was awarded a Silver Dollar for a drawing of Rumpelstiltskin - I believe I still have that somewhere. Throughout the years, art has always been there, and to be honest, I was getting burned out. After high school, I took a year off and traveled around Europe, where I made the decision to attend Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, OH. It seemed like the right thing to do. Right out of college, I landed a career in the printing field, where I was able to take what I learned in college and gained true hands-on experience in separations, layout, printing, etc. I was introduced to computers when I started working for McMillian Publishing Company out of NY. Through what I learned in the printing field, I was able to really understand the process of how to put things together through this new technology, which I felt gave me an advantage over others. Here is where I became a computer graphic designer/artist. I also have had the honor of working for Marley Heating Co. out of NY as well as Walt Disney and the NFL in Indiana on their clothing line (Jerseys, T-shirts, Jackets, etc.).
My journey has been interesting, but something was missing. After going back to college to search out a different career in Animation at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, I realized I wanted to go back to my first love.
It wasn’t until 2016 that I decided to picked up my paint brush and do something about it. Waiting until I retired was not giving me a fair chance to see if I could make it as an artist.
I have to say, starting back has been a challenge. Each new piece of art has allowed me to get one step closer to reaching my goal.
• First goal: To reach 100 paintings/drawings by the end of this year.
• Second goal: Every three months, have a booklet of my work printed to record my journey.
• Third goal: To become a full-time artist by the end of 2017.
Stay Tuned & Keep Movin' Forward!
Selected Group Exhibition
www.agora-gallery.com/ ~ April 25th competition
6th Annual “Botanicals” Art Exhibition
The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
Featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of May 2016.
Facing East - Special Merit Category
Lily Pads & Friends - Special Recognition Category
“Your artwork is outstanding and you should be very proud that your work was chosen from 764 entries which were submitted from around the world. “
John R. Math
Photos For Artist
Painting Challenge #16 ~ July 31st ~ Water
Certificate of Excellence - Commended
Painting Challenge #17 ~ August 31st ~ A Sip of Elegance
Painting Challenge #18 ~ September 30th
Judge for Sept. Challenge #18
Colored Pencil Magazine
coloredpencilmag.com ~ August 10th ~ Tomatoes
2007 - present - Teach at high schools on newspaper layouts,
2014 - Sip & Paint Studio, Lawrenceville, GA
2017 - present - Art Instructor at The Creative Studio Snellville, GA. and Private Classes