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Tiffany Budd - Artist of the Month February '18
My name is Tiffany Budd and I’m a full-time artist who specialises in acrylic painting, coloured pencil and pastel drawing. I use a style called ‘Fractured’ which was inspired by the Cubists, Vorticists and Futurism.
How did you get into Photography?
I had the most wonderful secondary school art department and teachers who always encouraged me to paint and draw. They told me to give up A Level Biology and focus on doing Textiles, Ceramics and Art. (I didn’t have to be told twice!!) I then went on to Wimbledon School of Art to complete the Foundation Course, and then a degree in Textiles at Somerset Art College (part of the University of Plymouth.) I went on to be a full time Textile Designer. After 10 years of doing that, I became an interior designer. I would complete the room scheme with an original painting to compliment their colour scheme and eventually the painting overtook the designing, so from then on, I became a full time artist. It was a very natural progression and my dream job.
What style of art do you most pursue?
My Fractured work is really ‘me’. After a visit to the Tate in 2006, where I saw an exhibition on Russian Constructivist Art, I was completely inspired by their graphic lines and shading and began sketching ideas using lines and perspective. It has been evolving and developing since then. (And I’m pleased to say that it sells!) Drawing cities and buildings work well in this Fractured style.
Drawing ‘Towards St Pauls’ and any London skyline is extremely enjoyable. After a trip up The Shard, and seeing the astonishing views from it, I was compelled to try and recreate them in my Fractured style.
When producing these, I find that coloured pencils are the best medium to use as you can get an amazing amount of detail with them. But this does take time! I transfer each and every building onto my paper surface and then gradually blend and fill in the hundreds of shapes. The lines I add, come off certain buildings and I especially love to stylise the water. I use a limited palette on the city drawings, as I want the shapes and subject to speak for itself.
This is the second of two photos I used and you can’t miss any buildings out, as inevitably someone will say, ‘I worked there’!
The freedom it brings. You are able to draw or paint anything you want. It is also a kind of therapy for me. When I get absorbed into a piece, hours can literally fly by and my mind travels elsewhere. I guess it’s almost like meditating.
What are your future plans in the art world?
To keep creating, and to get more known! People are beginning to recognise my Fractured style. I’d love to have a solo show in central London, and perhaps get noticed by a high end gallery. Coloured pencil is still a relatively undersold medium, which I believe is unfair, as it is one of the oldest art materials in the world! I want to show people what you can achieve with the humble pencil.
I try and have a solo show every year. I’m currently having one now at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey, and hope to do it again next year. This is my fifth show at this venue. I regularly exhibit work at various exhibitions throughout the UK. I do market my work quite substantially on Social Media, which I would say is where my direct sales come from. I also advertise my exhibitions on there. I have my own online shop as well as using Artfinder.