We asked. She answered. We all became inspired.
We are tapping into the mind of our creative Art Instructor, Kimberly Tabay. What made her start painting? What does art do for her? And how does she get inspired? These are a few of the things you will learn by reading the below interview. She even shares some great words of advice for beginning artists!
Name: Kimberly Tabay
Art Instructor in: Orange County
Kim’s Own Business: Tabaybe J
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Find Her Art Classes Here
1. When did you start painting?
I remember as a child always wanting to paint and admiring works that I would come across.. I was never exposed to Art or offered art classes until I was in HS so I would buy art books and try to teach myself at an early age. I started to really get into painting in my early 20s when I enrolled in Art School after dropping out of FIDM.
2. What made you want to teach painting?
I jumped at the opportunity to make a living at something that doesn’t feel like I’m working.
3. What does art/painting do for you? How does it make you feel?
Being a Visual Artist is a life that I’ve committed to. Painting is a tool that my heart uses to interpret what moves my spirit and translates everything that inspires me. I usually go into a painting not knowing what it’s going to really be; yet, I know what I want it to feel like. When I do realize what is happening and things start to define themselves, I literally get a rush and can feel my heart begin to race.
4. What is your favorite painting subject? And what is your favorite medium?
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I really love to create movement on a canvas using light and color. I also love to create strong and poetic images of a woman’s spirit. My favorite medium is acrylic paint.
5. What are the biggest challenges of painting?
The biggest challenge of painting is having the confidence to show your work to others. There are people who I’ve known since I was a kid who never knew that I painted.
6. What have you found to be most rewarding in your painting classes that you teach?
The most rewarding things about teaching are the people I meet who are truly grateful at the end of class for their experience. I totally get a rush out of seeing someone surprise themselves and standing in a place of accomplishment.
7. They say that teachers learn more than the students, what have you learned from your students?
I’ve learned that art is truly magical. I’ve met many people who have never painted before and have been coming back for over a year now because painting has given them something new and refreshing in their lives.
8. Are there any specific instances that stand out from any of your classes that you will remember forever?
There’s nothing I specifically can point out, but I think it’s incredible that I have people that hug me at the end of each class. I have students who give me so much love. It just makes me feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.
9. How do you decide to paint a certain painting for new submissions? Where does the inspiration come from?
I use a lot of photos I love for inspiration and color.
10. What do you like to do in your free time?
Most of my time is accounted for, but when it’s free, I’m doing something with my son or my really amazing family and friends. My son loves to paint and draw and we like to go to the beach.
11. Do you do anything else besides teach painting classes?
I have what I call a “Wearable Art Jewelry” line, Tabaybe J, that has been fairly successful and featured on various celebrities, music videos, shows, and editorials. I’ve taken the last couple of years to really plan out and build my brand which ties the world of Art and Fashion together. I recently re-launched my website and started my Youtube channel to market myself.
Also, for the last 3 to 4 years, I have been working with a very talented musician named Trevor Wesley, as a Creative Director for his project and have helped him develop the aesthetic and visual feel of his brand. I provide artwork, styling direction, and consult on all the visuals we produce.
12. If you can give your students one piece of advice for their artistic journey, what would it be?
Approach painting for yourself and no one else. Painting allows me to be in the mindset of accepting the things that I cannot control and creating the beauty around it despite my expectations. Let go and let it flow and always take pride in creating something out of nothing.
Want to Paint with Kimberly? Check out some of her beautiful paintings below and sign up today at paintingandvino.com!(Or click the painting to be directed to the registration page).
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