Piece description from the artist
Perhaps many people who’ve grown up in the suburbs, as I have, can appreciate the fascinating call of a big city. The opportunities of the city drew me in early in life, yet after living there for a few years, the gentle beauty of more natural surroundings pulled me in the opposite direction. Now my path has led me back to a more rural version of the suburbs in Los Angeles, in a satisfying place in between city and country.
This painting illustrates a lot of the frustration I began to feel living in the city, where it felt dark, cramped and chaotic. Framed with stormy clouds, and lined with an entangled mess of highways that metaphorically seem to be going nowhere, the artificial entrapment of the city exudes darkness, and even hints at death with the shadow of gravestones. Leading away from the city, a pair of figures follows the “yellow brick road” to a brightly lit doorway summit overlooking a completely different scenario. The arch of a rainbow welcomes them into the lush green vibrancy of nature, with its abundant sunshine, trees and waterfalls.
Tiffany Davis-Rustam loves to create colorful abstract paintings that conjur surrealistic expressions of emotion, and inspire deep connections to joy.
After studying Graphic Design at The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Tiffany moved to New York City to create layouts for fashion magazines. When this didn't satisfy her creative passions, a trip around the globe and a move to Hawaii inspired fresh artistic in mixed media photography and abstract painting.
Soon a move to Los Angeles prompted her to run her own eco-savvy graphic design agency, creating award-winning publications and image branding. During this time she started doing and showing nature photography & digital imagery as a hobby, which soon became replaced by painting, as a way of creating with her hands more. She starting painting so passionately in the past 5 years, that she has decided to dedicate her future to full-time art creation.
Tiffany has shown paintings at a handful of galleries in the LA area, and most recently started showing in local juried art fairs this year, 2013.