Tabitha “Tabby” Stone is currently a full time artist in Lafayette, Louisiana – a town that likes to inspire anyone interested in the arts. She’s usually seen documenting and sharing her process in hopes that it may inspire someone else some day. “I know that not every day is the same. There’s good days, bad days, and everything in between. Trying to convey that is quite the experience for me. I like to create a more colorful stylistic view of the every day while creating pieces that speak to my explorative nature. The process of a painting has always been my favorite part of the art world. The themes I paint will change gradually as I continue to study and build my works around the use of bright colors, unique brush work, different subjects, etc. Every day offers a new opportunity to express myself and to better understand the impact my work has on others. Looking forward to what comes next”. – Tabitha Stone
Who makes up your art circle?
I realize there’s not a distinctive group of people or anyone quite specific. It started rather small but I eventually got lucky and now have support, acquaintances, and friends in various categories from fine art to the macabre.
How do you expand your art circle?
I tend to dip my toes into different avenues of art outside of my main focus of painting, whether it be film, photography, music, etc. Expanding my availability has really helped me branch out and meet people with different styles of creativity.
What value do you see in having a creative community?
When I moved here about 10 years ago I had a hard time finding my place at first. Then some of those in my circle now, what seemed out of nowhere decided to give me a chance and gave me a new perspective. It’s a refreshing and invigorating feeling knowing I have this steady stream of support now.
How does your artistic approach contribute to your community?
Moving here from the Midwest, where the art experiences I had there were totally different – going from my old dirty industrial classrooms to something here in the south that would seem more refined. It almost seemed like my teachers here would look at me as a feral animal pretending to be domesticated. I’ve brought those experiences with me into my work and with that I tend to extend invitations to those who seem a bit out of place to what is considered normal here. I’ve recently started a small personal group with some locals where we discuss our agendas and how we’re approaching them. Helping each other with projects and resources. I feel like it’s helping us be more productive and getting fresh perspectives from our peers.