I would like you to meet Tarren Pearson and her Etsy shop: Art by Tarren .
If you love Original intricate artwork with ink & other mediums. Henna, zentangle, abstract, tribal & surreal pieces, then you will love the items at Art by Tarren .
Let’s get to know Art by Tarren and Tarren:
What would you like us to know about you?
I am a 27 year old self taught artist and single mother to two adorable sons, and I live in far Northern California. Nature is beautiful here. I had a very rough childhood and have always been artistic. I’ve never taken an art class, but I hope to someday. I am a very sensitive, intuitive spirit. My creativity and artwork is a coping skill for me and is very cathartic and therapeutic. Art heals. I really enjoy helping others. I am what is referred to as an ’empath’; I am overcome with empathy and experience the emotions of others to an extreme degree. I love unicorns and collect glass unicorns and unicorn art.
What prompted you to open an Etsy Shop?
My Great Grandmother, Anne (along with the rest of my close family) had always been a supporter of my artistic creativity. She lived in a tiny town at the base of Mt. Shasta in Northern California, and my family would go there often when I was a child. It was a place of intense, strong positive energy and vibrations. I have always been drawn to the mountain, and to this day I go there for inspiration and to recharge my spirit and mind. I would always draw for Great Grandma and she would express amazement and joy every time. By the time she was 93 years old her journey here on Earth was nearing the end; she was dying. It was difficult to say goodbye but I look back on my time spent with her fondly and with much happiness. She had lived a long, fruitful, righteous life and was on her deathbed. Myself, and the rest of the family, stayed by her side through her transition; she motioned for me to lean into her so she could ask me something. She said to me, ‘Tarren, I want you to promise me something, and I want you to keep your promise.’ I eagerly replied ‘Anything, Grandma.’ ‘I want you to keep drawing and painting. I want you to do something with your talent. Put it to use. Sell your art for me. Please tell me you will do that. I want you to make a living off of your talent.’ Of course, I promised I would. Up until then I was strongly opposed to selling or attempting to sell my art. I wasn’t even fond of showing my art to others, it was just something very personal to me and I wanted to keep it that way. I struggled with the concept of selling my art; I never felt it was anything special or high enough quality to attempt to sell, and did not like the idea of attempting to sell anything since I am very sensitive to failure. Nevertheless, I ventured to sell some paintings and made myself so pleased with fulfilling my promise to Great Grandma, who passed on peacefully in her sleep on Christmas of 2009. After that I sold several drawings.
When I was taking college classes in 2011 I met an older gentleman in math class who would often lean over and observe my doodles on the edges of my lined schoolwork. He complimented my drawings and introduced himself as Frank. He directed me to Etsy, and I opened my Etsy shop shortly after. Frank and I remain friends, and kindred spirits, to this day. The universe works in mysterious ways. We fulfill our purpose and dreams with the help of those kindred spirits who are destined to cross our paths in life. My Great Grandmother remains a strong influence on my business decisions and artistic abilities. She loved jewelry as well, and while she did not live to see my love of making jewelry, she would be ‘tickled pink’ (as she would always say) with my jewelry line.
How did you come up with your shop name?
It is just my name, Tarren. I figure that it’s memorable, since it’s not a very common name and the spelling is very uncommon so when it is searched for it doesn’t have many results and my shop comes up as one of the first Google results.
How would you describe your shop?
An eclectic, eccentric, artistic mix of gypsy, hippie style art and fine jewelry that you can’t find anywhere else. My art style is very unique mixing strong line-work and intricacy that is reminiscent of henna and has a psychedelic aesthetic. My jewelry is really unconventional. I make pieces with concepts that are really unique and make great conversation pieces, as well as being functional and beautiful. There is a little bit of everything for anyone in my shop.
What inspires you?
I am usually most creative at night (in the very early hours of the morning), and I cannot ‘force’ my creativity. Commissioning artwork is difficult for me because my art is something that spontaneously occurs. I cannot force inspiration or feeling the urge to draw. I have to be in a certain mindset. Inspiration happens for me randomly, I cannot predict when and why I will feel compelled to draw, it just happens. When it happens I must give in to the creative force, it really troubles me to not be able to create when I feel a need to. Other people often don’t understand; I can’t just turn it on or off. I wish I could! I am very sensitive to certain energies, the coast and ocean are places of intense peace and calming energy for me. Nature is what really centers my spirit and gives me what I need to create. Spirituality and empathy really inspire me as well… The realization that mankind is individually but also collectively experiencing the same struggles, tragedies, sorrows and also joys and love. The realization that we are ONE, and should love and respect one another.
Which item in your shop is your favorite to make/find?
love sea glass, so I enjoy making jewelry that incorporates this awesome phenomenon . Since the ocean is one of my primary sources and places of inspiration I spend a lot of time on the coast meditating and recharging my creative energy. While there, I walk along the beach and search for small pieces of glass that have been tumbled and polished by the waves. Sea glass is so romantic. You have to search very hard to find the tiniest pebble…Sea glass starts as broken glass and it tumbles naturally for over 40 years until it becomes smooth and rounded from the ocean. I love the thought of the journey of each piece of glass that I find. I use it in my jewelry and also carry a piece with me wherever I go. Sea glass absorbs energy, and I try to infuse each piece I work with with positive and peaceful energetic intentions. I like finding rare colors and neat shapes of glass. For some unknown reason glass, of all kinds, has always appealed to me and I have an extensive collection of not only sea glass but also colored glass of all types. Especially bottles and vintage glass objects.
If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what are the 3 crafty must haves?
Paper & a pen (for obvious reasons); and a camera. I love taking photos. I am a very sentimental person so photos are important to me, as well as an awesome art form.
Where else can we find you?
Twitter: twitter.com/TarrenMari ((@MissTarren))
I reside in Anderson, California, in a small apartment with my two sons, Kenny (6) and Izaak (3).
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I want my art to change the world, even if the change is small. If I need to start creating my work with social messages in mind to get people to see the change we need to collectively make in the world, then I will keep hypocrisy, boredom, greed, absurdity, alienation, despair, and poverty in mind; but continue focusing my energy on peace, love, happiness, creation, and life.
I would like to offer a coupon code ‘NAMASTE’ and it is good for 10% off of orders of $30 or more, and expires on December 31, 2014.
Thanks so much Tarren. It has been great getting to know you and discovering your shop and your lovely items.
Now please show Tarren some support and let us know which of her pieces are your favorite from her shop! Oh…and go ahead and heart a few of her items along with her shop
Have a great weekend!