We had the good fortune of connecting with Tori Angeline and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tori, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I’m constantly striving to take one step further with my progress each day even though I haven’t reached the pinnacle of success at this point. I think the notion of success is always relative and as an artist, If I’m making strides in the art industry, then that is continual success. The most important factor of my success so far has been determination and resilience and the ability to accept rejections while improving my craft. Persistence and networking have also been a huge factor with my success. Most of my marketing efforts have been to help increase exposure and bolster my artwork. If I had given up with first thousand times my work was ignored or told my art “Didn’t fit”, I would have missed out on some great opportunities that have come along the way.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a self-taught artist and have been painting for many years. When I first started, my primary medium was oil paint. Over time, as I became more comfortable manipulating this medium, my subject matter broadened from still-life to portraiture. As my artwork evolved over the years, I found myself exploring various techniques, styles, and ultimately trying to find my “voice” in the art world. The style I have adopted includes a pop art influence while also maintaining portraits as my primary subject matter. What sets me apart is that I try to incorporate much of my oil painting into my pop art pieces, which is a combination that I don’t believe is seen often. This is helpful because when pop art is usually identified by a lot of the same famous people being painted (and a lot of the same cartoons), the actual creative execution of the work holds much more weight. I try to showcase the details of my paintings and the skills that I had learned while oil painting, rather than settling for print outs and stencils. In addition to mixed media application, my goal is to create art that is nostalgic, vibrant, and colorful.

I’ve recently started to build some momentum in my artwork in terms of sales, exhibitions, and exposure. I’ve worked with a marketing company to help build my visibility and brand, but I have also taken on a lot of self-marketing. Having the right connections, knowing the “right” people, as well as having a solid social media following seems to be the groundwork for potential success and credibility despite any raw skill level. The biggest lesson that I have learned during my journey is that when you enter into an industry without the connections already in your back pocket, what begins is a true test of determination, resilience, and social savvy. I found myself constantly asking, “what more can I do to expose my work and improve on my technique? I’m proud of the strides I’ve made with the evolution of my artwork over the years and how I’ve been able to grow as an artist. Instead of only having one big goal, I prefer to tackle multiple milestones that I have set up for myself along the way.

Website: www.tangelineart.com

Instagram: @itstangeline

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