(View Artwork by Tiffany Hastie)
"Born and raised on the West Coast of British Columbia, I have always held a deep appreciation for the natural beauty surrounding me. The permanence of landscape and architecture, when combined with the ever changing light, provides an endless source of inspiration and challenge. The tension created when painting the "Grand View" in miniature format engages the viewer on an intimate level, and there is an elusive quality inherent in miniature paintings which draws the viewer inward.
The roots of painting in miniature are found in the historical art of Illumination; of embellishing and illustrating ancient manuscripts. With the passage of time and changing social trends impacting traditional miniature work, contemporary miniaturists now enjoy a broad range of subjects and mediums to work with. My medium of choice is acrylic paint applied to a paper art board surface. It will take me fifteen or more hours to complete an average miniature painting, and a great deal of patience and precision. I do not use any magnification tools to create my images, but I do recommend that viewers use a magnifying glass through which to enjoy the miniature paintings more fully.
Both a challenging and rewarding experience, painting in miniature has become a passion for me and it is my pleasure to share the artistry and the technique with others."