Artists ~ Tiffany Holgate ~ East Greenwich

Artist’s name: Tiffany Holgate
Shop name: HolgateFineArt
Blog: Coming Soon! Lifestyle blog in the planning stages, follow me on Instagram for updates!
Twitter: TiffHolgateArt
Facebook: Tiffany Holgate – Fine Artist
Pinterest: Tiff any Holgate
Instagram: Tiffany_Jacqueline

1. Tell us about your work. 
I am primarily a watercolorist creating whimsical, joyful paintings of various animals perfect for children and all ages for that matter. A number of my watercolor paintings evoke various emotions and words of inspiration often revolving around family, motherhood and parenthood as family is such a strong bond and it is so important to me. Apart from my watercolor paintings, my secondary medium is oil. My oil paintings take on a completely different style than my watercolors of realism. These paintings depict nautical and architectural scenes from local Rhode Island and Cape Cod. A number of my limited edition prints of these oil paintings are offered on my Etsy shop as well as original works available to the locals at Art Festivals in Rhode Island.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 
My business name is simply my last name combined with what it is I create. In the Art world, my name is my brand, it is how I sign all of my paintings and how people are able to associate me with my work. I wish I could share a creative story behind the name of my Shop/Business, but it is simply me, and it works 

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
I’ve been a creative soul probably since before I was born. It runs in my blood, generations on my mother’s side of the family have the creative gene. I was lucky enough that my parents noticed my creative ability at an early age and placed me in an after school art program which I stayed with for many years, I was hooked! I then went on to college and initially studied Architecture thinking that I could apply my love of both Math and Art into a practical career, however, that quickly turned into a change in Major to Fine Art with a Minor in Art History and Psychology. Surprisingly I went on from College to the Insurance Industry and was a claims Adjuster (boring!!), but it paid the bills, now I am currently an e-commerce entrepreneur. Throughout, my Art has been a constant. I began considering myself a Professional Artist back in 2013 when I started my Art Business on the side and began selling my work at local festivals in RI that I continue to participate in each year.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
My inspiration comes from a number of different sources. I’m inspired by my family immensely, my surroundings, nature, dreams, children, architecture, you name it. If you pay close enough attention to the world around you, you can draw inspiration from everything, you just need to be in the moment and have your eyes and ears open for what the world wants to share with you.

5. What’s your favorite item to create? 
My favorite items to create are by far my whimsical watercolor paintings. It took me a while to find my niche with my art, but it just sort of fell into my lap in 2015 when I was pregnant with my son Henry. I had taken a break from oil painting due the toxins and being pregnant and went back to my roots and took up watercolor again and I am so glad I did. It has turned into something so beneficial for me on so many levels. Of my watercolor paintings, my two most favorite are “Unconditional Love” depicting an owl Mother and Child and “You Make my Heart Sing” depicting a Fox Mother and Child. Love is such a strong emotion, and the bond you share with your own children is beyond words.

6. What’s your best seller? 
Ironically, my two favorite pieces to create are my two best sellers. “Unconditional Love” and “You Make my Heart Sing”. People often buy these pieces for their own children or for baby shower gifts for a friend or loved one. Many Mothers know how special that bond is and these two pieces really pull at those heart strings.

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island? 
I have been a Rhode Island native my whole life!

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? 
We are so lucky to have all four seasons here in Rhode Island/New England and I feel so blessed for that. At the end of every season I look so much forward to the next season and the beauty it brings with it. I feel that having all four seasons forces you to not take any single one for granted as they all hold their own beauty and it is something special to witness. In addition to the four seasons, I love going to the beach in the Summer time!

9. Favorite place to take out-of-towners? 
By far, my favorite place to take out of towners is the beach! I have so many cousins that live in Central/Mid-West/Canada and whenever they visit, the beach is always at the very top of the list!

10. Any advice for new/wannabe makers? 
I say go for it! There is no time like the present, if you can dream it, you can do it and the energy you put into it is the energy you will get out of it. If you have something creative you can share with the world and inspire others with, I say stop hiding it, share it with the world!

11. Please include anything else you’d like to add: 
This year on the forecast for local art festivals I’ll be participating in are Narragansett Art Festival, Wickford Art Festival (I will be about to pop with baby #2 by then, should be quite the sight), and Scituate Art Festival.


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