Tiara Francois

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Tiara Francois and I’m an acrylic painter from Dallas, Texas.

How did you get into what you do creatively?

I’ve always had a desire to create, when I was younger I would draw constantly. I would go to the library to get new books to try and teach myself various techniques.
I took a painting class one college semester and have been painting ever since.

What themes do you pursue in you work?

I work mostly figuratively, my interest is people and myself. I’ve made quite a few self portraits but I don’t think it’s narcissism, it’s an exploration of how I see myself and what that means.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

When someone told me about the emotional connection they had to one of my pieces, and how it made her think of her relationship with her mother. She said she looked forward to seeing it everyday when she walked pass it.

What/who influences you?

People in my life inspire me to create and how I feel about them, other artists that I see and their techniques, my emotions and thoughts have been a big motivator in my art lately.

What makes your work necessary (to you, to others, to the community)?

My art helps to give me a type of outlet, the creative processes that go into making it gives my emotional energy somewhere to flow. From my mind to my arm to my fingers to the canvas. As for other people or the community, art can have this barrier up that says, “You can look, but this isn’t for you”. I believe with my work and creating what I am creating in this body that I have (black, woman, young) is still important.

Where can we find you?

I just made an instagram for my art @FrancoisCirca1997 so you can find me there!