Tiffani Hafen & Sarah simon
Sarah is so full of love. Love for her babies, love for her garden, love for her surroundings. Within the first minute of reading her responses to my questions all of the loves in her life were very apparent. It warmed my soul. It was hard to encompass her in one "portrait", but after scrolling through her Instagram feed, and conversing as if we are fond friends, I knew her portrait needed to involve her hands. Her garden. Her paintings. How was I to do that? I immediately thought of hands holding a seedling. After that I tried to involve paint brushes as the "blossom" of the seedling. I see her hands as a representation of what she stands for, for the love she has for natures beauties and creations, and the seedling as what she creates, or grows, in her daily life.
A quote she mentioned in another interview has stuck with me in such a strong way:
The Meaning of life is to find your gift.
The purpose of life is to give it away.
I believe her passions and drive embody this quote in an incredible way. I've never met an artist with such love, talent, and raw joy for the surroundings in her life.
Thanks for asking me to be apart of such a wonderful thing! I feel so privileged and so grateful to you. Thank you for giving me the chance to meet Sarah. She's inspiring and incredible!
Portrait of Sarah Simon By Tiffani Hafen
For the 'I Art You' project, I was paired up with Tiffani from @tifdoodleart. I learned so much about this fabulous maker and her sweet heart that loves to create! Her passion for art and sharing her gifts, and the love she has for others is tangible. She is a gifted stitcher - and writer! After an email with Tiffani, I felt like we had just shared a long and fulfilling coffee date, where we talked all things literature, love, life and art. Here are a few quotes from her that show her passion,
"Is is wrong to think we are all artists? I truly believe that. I just think some of us haven't discovered it yet and some of us might not, which is sheer tragedy. I don't think we are all painters or sketchers or photographers. Some of us are artists with writing, or acting, or singing, or dancing. Some of us are artists in the way we raise our children or interact with others. Some of us are artists in gardening or home care. But we're all artists. I am confident God did not leave any of us without the ability to create."
And when Tiffani lived in Russia, and visited the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, she experienced an art museum for the first time. She says, "It was the first time I fully understood the importance and the language of art. It isn't just a piece of beauty. It's a narrative. Or can be. When I saw a Van Gogh and Monet in real life, I could not control the emotion that seeped from me."
This is my portrait of Tiffani. It is in the theme of my #FlorenceAndHerFascinations creations, because Tiffani is an amazing woman who embodies Florence. Florence is always a black and white ink body, with her Fascination is in watercolor/gouache. Because of Tiffani's love of Van Gogh, I painted her Fascination inspired from Vincent's vase of sunflowers. I put the paint on thick - because Tiffani's medium of choice is thread, and her hand-stitched embroideries are layered and done stitch by stitch, I wanted her Portrait to also have this appearance. Sunflowers seemed to represent her well - because she is full of life and love and sunshine.