A Midwest artist whose sister lives outside of Hope, Kan., is coming to Prairie Chic on Oct. 18 for an art show in the store. Tienne Rei Kollars currently lives with her family in Southern Illinois. She was married to her husband Mike on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 2001 and hopes to eventually make a permanent move to the coast. Her sister, Tana Davis, recently moved to rural Hope and introduced Tienne's artwork to Prairie Chic.
After college, Tienne worked in graphic and web design, even running a web based wedding business, before finally getting back into painting in 2003.
Tienne started out as an 'e-bay' artist but quickly realized she needed a better venue for her work. In 2005 she started to sell her paintings via local galleries and shows. (Tienne no longer sells on e-bay unless its for a charitable auction.)
In 2009 Tienne gave birth to two beautiful twin boys, Hunter and Jaden. (It's very possible that Tienne may have watched waaaay to much sci fi while pregnant). Mostly self-taught in oil painting, Tienne credits her own lack of knowledge in traditional oil technique as the main reason that she developed her current style. Regarding her lack of formal training Tienne says,
"If I had been trained classically, I'm not sure I would have ever developed my unique style of oil painting. When it comes to art there is something to be said for not really knowing what you are doing and plowing ahead boldly anyway."
Tienne's work has been on display at various shows and galleries including the Art Lovers Gallery in Carbondale, Ill. The Alliance Gallery in Hannibal, Mo. Blue Hill Winery in Southern Illinois, Rend Lake College in Ina, Ill., and at the Dragon Con art show in Atlanta, Ga. She has also participated in a variety of art fairs including the Wells Street Art Festival In Chicago, Art in the Park in Quincy Ill, and Cedarhurst arts and crafts fair in Mount Vernon, Ill. Having previously taught oil painting through John A. Logan colleges, Department of Continueing Ed, Tienne currently teaches private art lessons. She is also available for demonstrations and lectures.
Examples of Tienne's works are shown here. So, mark your calendars for the Oct. 18 event, and more details will come as the event gets closer!