Artful Praise

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I seem to have an insatiable appetite for finding out what makes creative people tick.    Tobias Tovera, a San Francisco artist is one of my new favorites.   Although Tobias and I have never met in person, we have shared ideas with each other over the past several months.    His work can be found at his website:    I am struck by the natural beauty of his work and the process in which he creates….


” I combine pigment and solvent which I pour onto mahogany wood panels. I pour horizontally to create pools of entropic development that transmute and diffuse into the surface. Based on evaporation, layered textures of color and space are formed. Each layer takes one-two hours to dry. The amount of layers applied is intuitive and the formal shape and chemical application is determined by the movement of the medium and its successive layers.”

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Tobias graciously agreed to answer some questions for me.   Thank you for sharing your insights with us…

1. Five words that best describe you?

Connected, passionate, committed, energetic, intuitive.

2. How did your career get started?

When my fourth grade teacher elected me to draw a landscape with trees for the class assignment on the chalk board.  

3. What is the best career related lesson you have learned?

That timing is essential. Trusting that time will reveal and time will cure.

4. Best decision you have made?

To risk it all.    One of my favorite quotes by Katherine Mansfield:

“Risk! Risk anything!  Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices.  Do the hardest thing on earth for you.  Act for yourself.  Face the truth.”

5. Best advice you have been given?

To believe that I am worthy

6. What inspires you?

Relationship. Beauty. Spirit. Nature. That which heals

7. Who is your design/style icon?

Frank Lloyd Wright

8. If you were on a deserted island, what three items and/or people would you take with you?   (food, water and electricity are provided)…

A partner, a pair of prescription sunglasses and a crate of flares.

9. Favorite food?

Vegetarian. Frozen dessert.    

10. What is your next career goal?

To complete a new body of work before 2014.




One thought on “Artful Praise

  1. Anna- thank you for finding and interviewing such and interesting artist and beautiful person. I am new to your blog and look forward to reading more. All the best to you. You are going to be big! – Nathalie

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