Raised in the Texas Panhandle, tia’s artistic inclination was influenced by the deep tradition of creating with your hands passed down from both of her grandmothers and her mother, who quilted as a means of creative expression.
Despite this early tutelage, tia did not initially pursue a career as an artist, choosing instead to channel her artistic nature into opening two successful galleries in Angel Fire and Ruidoso, New Mexico. It was while working with artist friends in her galleries that she begin creating her own pieces, eventually developing her hobby into a professional enterprise where she exhibited her artwork in galleries, juried art shows and wholesale showrooms in both Dallas and New York. Although she achieved commercial success, tia found little fulfillment in creating her art for the sole purpose of making money. She took an open-ended break from the art world and began focusing on her innate desire to help others, turning to work with cancer patients and, later, corporate clients in the area of stress management, incorporating yoga therapy, eastern philosophies and even some Zen meditation!
It was while traveling with her husband ten years later that tia rekindled the desire to create for the simple sake of creating. Since that time, tia has renewed her focus on her art, on her own terms, and finds great joy and pleasure in applying the creative process to helping others.
tia and her husband, Chuck, live in Georgia.