Tiffanie Anderson is no stranger to the limelight. The Los Angeles native began planting seeds in the creative field early on in her life, taking center stage as a member of former pop group GIRLICIOUS. Now, Anderson has switched gears, though still holding on to her creative spark. Creating colorful abstract canvases of some of your favorite pop culture icons, Anderson has reinvented herself, living her truth and fulfilling her passion more than ever. We caught up with Tiffanie, where she discussed how she got into artistry, what inspires her, and more. Read the full interview below.
Can you tell us how you got into being an artist?
Initially, I was a singer. I was a part of a girl group called GIRLICIOUS. I found the people that I was working within the music industry very stressful, unfair, and focused on looks, not creativity. It was difficult to think about anything other than that brand constantly. I wanted to get my mind off of work so I told myself to pick up a hobby that would take some concentration. So I went to the store and bought art supplies. The first painting I did was in my mom’s living room and it was Obama from when he was running the first time and I thought, “Damn! I’m pretty good!” I was 20 years old and haven’t looked back since.
Los Angeles is a big, cultural hub for many creative people like yourself. How has growing up in LA helped shape the person that you are today?
Growing up in LA kind of shows you by example that the impossible is totally possible. You actually see real people reach real dream-like success, and poetic failure as well in this city.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your works of art?
I’m constantly trying to figure out how to excite my venires, always trying to make my art bigger and more difficult. So my inspiration comes from constantly wanting to outdo myself, knowing I can go bigger and I can do better.
You started off as a pop singer and later, transitioned into being a contemporary artist. Are there any similarities between the two mediums? What motivated you to start painting full time?
In my opinion, Art is having an original idea and then making it come to life, no matter the process. The hard part is the original idea, simple or complicated. Same with being a recording artist and writing music; before you hear the song completed, no matter who is singing it, the hardest part is writing it in the first place. A year after discovering the art talent that I had a producer paid me 300 bucks to paint his daughter, I was shocked. Once I got paid for the first time, I realized that I could do something that I loved and that was a fair and honest way to make money.
“You only have one life to live, if you’re lazy or you're scared, you won’t live out the life that was meant for you."
Your art has been commissioned by some major artists like Wiz Khalifa, The Weeknd, and Jason Derulo. Can you tell us what that experience has been like for you?
It’s fun, and it’s humbling for sure. The thing I love about working with celebrities is the types of relationships I build. Because they work hard and are creative types as well, they understand that what I do isn’t easy. They tend to use me repeatedly because they like my work, but I think it’s also because they respect my hustle. Being an artist in Los Angeles--which holds the highest cost of living in the US--is not easy, but if you can work hard enough and crack the stereotype it’s respectable. Celebrities get that.
What keeps you going?
I look at it like this: You only have one life to live, if you’re lazy or you're scared, you won’t live out the life that was meant for you. I have no safety nets, I was very poor and never want to go back there. So I keep going because I really don’t have a choice. It’s follow my dreams and work hard, or God knows what awful and boring alternative.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I am proof that there are no boundaries, perimeters, or stereotypes that can stop you from doing what you actually want to do for a living.
Who are some of your favorite role models in the art industry and why?
My favorite role model in the industry would have to be John McClain, he owns one of the most prestigious art collections in the world. He’s my teacher, role model, and my mentor.
What do you hope for people to get out of your vibrant paintings?
What I hope is that they find it really beautiful, but I also like to confuse people. I like for them to ask, “How did you do that?”
Name 3 hidden gems in Los Angeles.
1. Rustic Spoon: bomb Thai food
2. Topanga Beach: a beach between Santa Monica and Malibu that is beautiful and always empty
3. Namies: the best makeup store in LA.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Hopefully, I will be a world renowned artist spending my summers on a boat in Italy somewhere!
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
Listen, honey. MISSBISH gives you EVERYTHING YOU NEED. You can live under a rock and scroll through the site for half an hour and be totally up to speed on all of the latest fashion and music. When I found out I’d be working with MISSBISH I freaked out. I love the site.
Photos by: Aldo Carrera