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Life & Work with Tessah Montoya

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tessah Montoya.

Hi Tessah, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Growing up, I’ve always found comfort in creating art. Drawing in particular was my main creative outlet as a child, whether it was drawing scenes or designing my own clothes. I made sure that everywhere I went, I had my sketchbook along with a pen or pencil. I knew that I wanted to be an artist when I got older. Although being so young & easily influenced, I let the projections from others steer me away from achieving that dream. From being told countless times that art isn’t a job but rather only a hobby, or the infamous saying “art will never get you anywhere in life.” Around middle school, I started to create less, & I stopped sharing that I enjoyed making art to avoid the negative comments. It wasn’t until my Sophomore year in high school where I reconnected with my creative side. I had switched schools & I didn’t have many friends which led me to having a lot of time on my hands to create. I would sit in the locker room or the library during break times & just draw nonstop. Even in my classes, instead of taking notes, I would be drawing. By the time it was my senior year, I knew that I had a strong passion for creating art & this is exactly the path I am meant to be on, it was only a matter of how was I going to do so.

Once I graduated, I went all in with my art. I was producing art almost every day while experimenting with new mediums like acrylics, watercolor, & even digital art. My creations focus on my passions for space & my growing connection to my spirituality often depicting extra-terrestrial beings through the use of vibrant colors which embodies the strong emotions I pour out into each piece. I then began to take on more commission pieces. Not only has this been a fun experience to bring others’ visions to life, it also taught me to step out of my comfort zone & experiment with different styles & techniques. In December 2019, I created an Instagram & began sharing my work while also following talented artists who not only inspired me but have been huge mentors along my journey. Through the mentorship of others, I was able to realize that I not only wanted to create art, I wanted to be a connection to others in the creative community. Thus the birth of the “Paintplugg” a creative being who plugs in a community of creators together.

As of now, not only am I creating through original art pieces & commissions but also through developing a magazine called “Plugg Magazine” set to release in early 2023. Plugg Magazine is the product of my determination being the “plugg” of creators to come together & not only showcase their work but to touch on topics such as astronomy, self-awareness, metaphysics & much more. Giving readers a chance to expand their mind far beyond the limitations that society sets upon us.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Throughout life, the main obstacle along my creative journey has been my own mindset. Especially when I began sharing my work on social media. Although it was uplifting to see other artists do what I had always wanted to be doing, I began to feel that there wasn’t room for anyone else to be that talented because there were already so many successful artists.

It took a long time to learn not to self-sabotage by comparing myself to others or allowing my intrusive thoughts to persuade me into believing that I am not capable of achieving my dream. Otherwise, it would lead me into a spiral of depression, believing that I was a failure. Thankfully growing a connection to my spirituality made me snap out of my spiral & eventually led to an intense period of self-discovery where I learned that everyone is on a journey that is unique to themselves. We might meet at a similar stop but everyone took a different way to get there.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a multimedia artist who embraces the power of human emotions & the conscious mind. My creations come from my experiences that ignite raw emotions which I pour out into each piece. Through my creations, my goal is to inspire individuals to look within themselves to embrace what is in the light & to illuminate what hides in the darkness. Highlighting that we are all metaphysical beings having human experiences. I am proud to able to be actively living out my truth & fully embodying my creative passion while not only growing as an individual but through developing a community of creators together to encourage others to do the same.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
Internal validation & self-acknowledgment is a much stronger & more empowering way to build self-worth, authenticity, inspiration & motivation than any external validation. Focus more on what you deserve & less about what didn’t work out or what was lacking. Life is too short to spend your time at war with yourself.

One of humanities greatest illusions is the concept of superiority. No one is more or less worthy than you. The pedestal isn’t real, it’s a facade. We are all equal regardless of assets or social status. Purpose isn’t an achievement it is an embodiment, you don’t chase or seek purpose you embody it.

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Event Images – Instagram: @xadriananax

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