This is the first of a three-part interview with Tiffany Toland-Scott. The interview in its entirety can be found through the month of November in the “Featured Artist” link to the right.
Tiffany Toland-Scott’s work spans the realms of fantasy art and imbues them with a dark and sensuous ambiance that is all her own. She has been a fixture in the field for a decade and shows no signs of slowing down. Our paths have crossed on numerous occasions and it is always a delight to see her and see what she has been up to.
Tiffany’s work will be featured at the Eight and Sand Gallery in Seattle from November 8th to December 5th.
Winter Soul © Tiffany Toland Scott
How would you describe your work in general?
Dark, mysterious, sensual, maybe even magical. I’m most inspired by ghost stories and “the mystical unknown” – spirits, magic, that kind of thing.
Any favorite projects that you’ve worked on?
I really liked how my oracle deck came out, even though the whole process of creating it was kind of stressful. I’m hoping to do another one soon, maybe. It was a lot of work and stress to get the first one ready, and I’m not sure if I have it in me to try it again!
The Oracle of Pompeii © Tiffany Toland Scott
You are that seemingly rare breed of artist who is actually able to make a living from her art. Can you talk a bit about how you market yourself, build your fan base, etc.?
Well, I have a lot of help from my husband, Luke. He helps me make products, maintain my website, design products, answer e-mails and so on. Like a lot of households nowadays, we couldn’t get by without both of our incomes, so we have to help each other as much as we can. I have a Facebook page and that has helped a lot, and I sell a lot of my art through eBay. I think you just have to try everything and see what works for you. eBay doesn’t work for everyone, but Etsy didn’t work for me. It’s a lot of work but once you find something that works you have to stick with it. That’s the hard part.
Lost Books © Tiffany Toland Scott