Allow me to introduce myself. I am Tia Christine and I am an artist. From the time I began to pick up crayons, I would put together hand made books for my own amusement. Although I wasn’t much of a reader at the time, I would spend hours lost in imagination while studying the illustrations in my favorite picture books.
When I finished college I knew that I wanted to become a children’s book writer and illustrator. I even wrote and illustrated a book as an independent study in my final semester which was inspired by my hero, Dr. Seuss. Although I wanted to be the next Dr. Seuss, I had no idea where to begin. Instead, I began a career in interior design which I believed would give me more security. Over the years, I came to realize that it wasn’t for me, and so began my long and winding path in which I tried many different ways to express and support myself as an artist. All along the way, I’ve continued to study many techniques and I have learned more about the great artists of the past. I’ve noticed that the artists I’ve most admired have all been illustrators. My artwork has taken such forms as graphic art, architectural illustration, painting, murals and set design, just to name a few. No matter where my path has taken me in my quest to build a livelihood as an artist, I continue to come back to the dream I had from the start, which is to create children’s books. Not only do I enjoy illustrating more than any other art form I’ve practiced, I am never more engaged than when I’m creating for a child. Illustration is my craft and children are my audience. After nearly 20 years of exploration I have become certain that this was to be my path all along. Security or not, it is my passion and my joy.
I am beside myself with excitement, now that I have finally dedicated myself to this endeavor. As I step into this world of children’s books, I am determined to learn as much as I can and work very hard to become the best illustrator and writer I can be.
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Region: Rocky Mountain (Colorado/Wyoming)
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