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Meet Tiffany Shuman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Shuman.

Tiffany, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I have been drawing since I was around 7-8 years old. I was an only child and my mom worked two jobs so I spent most of my time at my grandparent’s house.

During that time, I drew and sketched everything from the flowers outside to the kitchen table. I was highly encouraged by my grandpa, David Yates. I have always held onto drawing and my strong love for animals led me to draw pet portraits.

My first order was a refund because she had a white fluffy poodle and it looked like a cloud with eyes looking back on it. I have branched out to people portraits, houses, and even tattoos.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It was a rough journey with the struggles of falling out of love with art for a couple of years.

It became my full-time job for about a year because I had no vehicle to go back and forth to work and Uber ate up most of my paycheck just getting there. I made the decision to stay home to draw and it felt like nothing I drew looked right.

I had no motivation to pick up a pencil and I dreaded talking to my customers because I was trying to do my best. I finally got a job at my local Kroger and came out of my introverted shell. After that, it became apparent to me that I just needed to socialize and my love for art flowed back to me in no time.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am currently an employee of IFIT Health and Fitness.

I am a returns clerk who processes returned bikes, treadmills, and everything in between. I enjoy teaching more than anything and am proud to show off that I am a hard worker and understand all aspects of my job, inside the office and out on the warehouse floor.

I draw after work, on the weekend, and whenever I can get time honestly. My love for art won’t take the backseat again.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
I feel like self-image and positivity are what lifted me up. Be confident in your work and don’t down-talk your price to make others happy.

If you have a set price, don’t change it for anyone because the next person will treasure your work. Patience is key with picky customers and that’s okay if they are a little picky.

The last thing is to put yourself in your customer’s shoes. Your image, advertising, and how to show your product matters so just put a little extra love into it. So if you love it, I’m sure your customers will.

Pricing:

  • 9×12 colored pet portrait- $90
  • 11×14 colored pet portrait- $150

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1 Comment

  1. Karen Glover

    June 28, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Tiffany is so talented! She is also a great person and hard worker. I’ve been following her art on Facebook for a few years now. I also bought a sketch from her. It is fabulous!!!

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