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Art & Life with Eli Tully

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eli Tully.

Eli, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I guess I’ve kind of been an artist my whole life. When I was younger I played with crayons just like most of us did, but unlike most I never stopped. Back then I would draw what I thought was cool, ocean waves, fire, trees, my dad, etc. Eighteen years later I’m still doing that same thing. I love to create art inspired by nature, all nature. However, I will say my pieces lean more toward an ocean-based theme. I like to say my art has no specific niche when it comes to style but a favorite style of mine is an ocean themed abstract/bold line modern feel, and that’s pretty specific but equally vague. I wouldn’t know how to completely explain because it’s always a little different and also, I’m more of a visual person. I guess my story isn’t too unique.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Most artists have a niche, an area of expertise when it comes to their art. They have a style they keep constant, a theme throughout their pieces. I however do not consider myself to have one set niche. I pride myself in diversity of style and when I feel something new I put it into action. I love all aspects of art, for as long as I can remember I always have, and my goal is to master it all. Everything from spray paint to cosmetology to pottery and yeah, it’s a lot of avenues to explore, but I will never have a reason to bored. Overall my pieces don’t have many deeper meanings, the purpose for the art I create is similar to that of a young child… I make what I think looks nice.

Some critiques might try to diminish my work because of that, but I’m just creating for the sake of creating.
If you like the art I have to offer, awesome. If you don’t, that’s okay too, everyone is entitled to their opinions.
The one thing I would want people to take away from my art is that, art is diverse and you don’t have to enjoy it all but whether you like it or not, stay positive and appreciate the hard work that not just myself but every artist puts into their craft.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I believe conditions for artists have definitely improved meaning people are more supportive of the artist community. I do think it has become more difficult to grow your brand as an artist due to the fact that there are so many artists all trying to gain a following alongside you. I think it would be beneficial for the artist community in a city if the city were to put on events for amateur artists giving them a space to gain exposure and to let the public enjoy what they have to offer.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I would say social media would be the best way to see my work, primarily Instagram (@eli_tully) and also on my website (elitully.com). Honestly the easiest way to support my work would be on my website, I’m currently creating a personal clothing line brand in order to pay for my materials and art education at the Laguna college of art and design.

Contact Info:

  • Website: Elitully.com
  • Email: art@elitully.com
  • Instagram: eli_tully

Image Credit:
AnneTully Photography

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