Tatiana Kitchen is a visual artist from Jacksonville, Fl. Also know by the artist moniker Phoenix, Tatiana’s works feature a vibrant palette of colors, shapes, and whimsical beings. She is talented in a variety of mediums including acrylic and digital work but her primary medium is watercolor. With a lifelong interest in art and dedication to her craft she has grown immensely over the years.
I met Tatiana several years ago at a co-op space for artists and artisans. Considering we didn’t exchange many words that day, there was no way to know we would grow to know each other so well. Her work has always been vivid and captivating but she continues to evolve her style and skill every year. It has been such a pleasure to watch her grow as an artist and friend.
Tatiana has work that is currently displayed at Jax Makerspace and along The Landing’s mural walls. You can also witness Tatiana painting live on April 19th at Art Battle.
Have you always been interested in art? When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Yes, I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. I think I figured out that I wanted to be an artist as young as the age of 4.
How do you know when a piece is finished?
I would say my pieces are never really finished when I stop working on them. I often get distracted by another piece or idea and begin my next project. It's very rare that I start a new piece with a specific idea in mind. On the rare occasions that I do have a specific direction, I work until I feel like my idea has been represented completely.
What is your most important artist tool?
My most important artist tool is my imagination! It is free, completely unique, and it never runs out.
What do you want your viewers to take away from your art?
I want my art to take viewers on a trip. I want them to feel like they have visited other worlds and new dimensions. My objective is to give the viewers a window into my mind's eye. I want them to see the things I think and dream about and also see how beautiful and limitless one's mind can be.
Jacksonville's art community has grown so much in the last few years. What else would you like to see happen in Jacksonville's art community?
I would like to see a wider variety of artist opportunities in Jacksonville. I'm use to seeing and hearing about the same circle of artists for murals and exhibitions. It would be great if information about mural and exhibition opportunities was more readily available to all artists. More availability to artist opportunities gives the city the opportunity to see new artists and different styles of work. Jacksonville has a large community of talented artists who are not being represented. I would love to see more variety and talents.
What is your ultimate art career goal?
My ultimate goal is to have my own gallery space that gives back to the black community, both financially and creatively. In my gallery space I would like to host art showcases and youth art classes. I would also love to offer studio space for fellow artists to create in.
Describe your art in 5 words.
The five words that best describe my art are free, trippy, esoteric, electric, and new.
To connect with Tatiana Kitchen and view a larger body of her work like and follow her on Instagram @phoenixaaart .