“A lot of my art is about finding myself. I’m very colorful; I’m very vivacious; I’m very optimistic,” beamed Tami Snow. The diminutive wife and mother of two is, much like her creations, bursting with life. In discussing her upcoming solo exhibit at State Street storefront Plum Goods, Snow is reserved but delighted. The show is only her second solo endeavor, and the first, which took place last year at Plum Goods, depleted a nice chunk of her oeuvre.
“Brad Paisley bought one of the big pieces from the last show,” Snow tells, smiling, “I heard it’s in his living room.”
Born and raised in Maine, Snow grew up painting and joined the Western Maine Art Group at her mother’s suggestion. “It was all adults, and I was, like, 12 at the time,” she laughed. “But they thought it was super cool, and I always got tons of attention, so I did that for years growing up.”
Later, Snow found herself in Chicago and then Santa Barbara, working as a marketing, graphics, and communications point person for the then-burgeoning Horny Toad Activewear. All the while, art continued to play a big role. “I used to always get in trouble in school,” she recalled. “All my papers had doodles everywhere. Even at Horny Toad, people would constantly ask me if I was paying attention during meetings. Consequently, a lot of our T-shirts in the early years came out of my doodling.”
Still, it wasn’t until Plum Goods proprietor Amy Cooper saw Snow’s work that the whole professional artist thing came into play. One night, while the two were strategizing for the store, Cooper saw one of Snow’s paintings and immediately set into action.
Not surprisingly, Cooper’s eye was spot on. Snow’s work is a loose, colorful, and approachable mix of painting and printmaking. Her subjects range from people to animals to landscapes, though the focus is primarily character studies that are equal parts whimsical and abstract. She cites a balanced mix of big names (Keith Haring, Picasso) and up-and-coming artists (Lora Fosberg, Holly Greenberg) as inspiration, too, but her work and her vision are very much her own.
“At Horny Toad, our motto was ‘everyday is an adventure,’ and that spirit comes from me,” said Snow. “It’s all about living life and enjoying it, and I think that really comes through in these pieces.”
Want to see more? Head over to tamisnowstudio.com for a peek at her portfolio, or visit Plum Goods (909 State St.) starting Thursday, July 5, to see Snow’s show. For store hours and info, call 845-3900 or visit plumgoodsstore.com.