We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany McAnarney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
I’d like to create work that outlives me. Over the last few years, I’ve tried to shed this idea of arrival — that at one point I will have made it. When I was a full-time artist, I was constantly in my head and feeling isolated. I spent more time trying to market and sell my work than actually creating. It was not the life I wanted full time, so my goals changed. Right now, I am in the home stretch of grad school to become an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor.) I have started a new body of work, and take on commissions as much as I am able. Over the next five years, I’d love to have a dual studio and therapy space. I’m at a place in life where I’d like to attain a stable career that keeps me creative and helps others. I love to write, and dream to add a few books to my legacy. At the end of my life, I’d like the variety of work I produce to speak for itself and have a positive affect on those who resonate with it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love to study that which can’t be seen or moments that are fleeting. When I first started studying fine art as an undergrad, I was actually very terrible. Most of my professors were surprised it was my major. I remember telling a professor if he did his job in instruction, I’d do mine to develop the technical skill. In order to get better, I forced myself to focus on one of the more difficult mediums: watercolor. What I find both endearing and challenging about watercolor is that there is not really a mastering — there is a surrender to the process. I try to recreate certain natural elements like wind and gravity with paint in an effort to document the intangible. It is in releasing control that I can liberate the medium and capture a natural process at play.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh man, pre-covid I worshipped the Joule downtown. Weekend Coffee, CBD, and Midnight Rambler — an all day adventure! Post-covid fantasy friend trip would be to hit Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters or Houndstooth Coffee (at Sylvan/30) and go for a stroll around 12 Hills Nature Center in Oak Cliff. For a longer hike, walking the levees at sunrise is magic. I would try to get them to visit while Social Science is happening at the Perot Museum because — it is the greatest event ever! Ten Ramen and Monkey King (soup dumplings take the wheel) are musts. Just to be super Dallas, I would probably hit up North Park and eat at R+D Kitchen on one day too.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All my grandparents deserve credit for shaping me into the human I’m becoming. Bob and Winnie for shaping me with love, jokes, kindness, and unconditional acceptance. Norman and Joane for spending hours with me at bookstores, libraries, and art galleries. Kathryn for teaching me piano and making me sing loudly along the tune. Suraj, for seeing my potential and encouraging me to pursue dreams bigger than what I thought I was capable. Without all of their loving nudges of support, I don’t think I would be where I am today.
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