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Meet Thai Mainhard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Thai Mainhard.

Thai, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up in a school that championed the arts and we had creative classes almost on a daily basis. From acting to painting to sculpting, I grew up around art. When I was ten years old my mom bought me oil paints and a canvas and put me in a mentorship program with a famous oil painter in my town growing up. Art was my first love. During a painting class in college, I started painting abstract and I haven’t looked back. Thankful to family members and mentors that saw something in me before I even had it. Sometimes what you’ve always done is really what you’re meant to do!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It took me a while to figure out that I was a painter, an abstract painter, an abstract expressionist painter. I remember painting my first abstract pieces and feeling like something clicked inside my brain and I was finally “on track” after pursuing so many other artistic expressions throughout my life. The struggle and doubts are there for everyone I guess but I feel very blessed to be able to do art as my full-time job.

Please tell us more about your art.
I am an abstract expressionist painter. I am very vulnerable and honest with my work. I like painting on raw canvas because it translates how I feel inside. I like painting from a place that’s deep within my emotions and let it speak the language that I don’t have, specially about love and being loved. It’s my most extensive subject

Abstract is sometimes an overworked concept in art and it can feel like there’s not much “new” to be done but there’s always honesty. So panting honestly and intuitively will always bring something new because we are all different and carry a different message.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success nowadays is such an overused word and it can mean different things in different areas of life. But in my opinion Success in your career is being seen for what you do with a passion. Everything else follows that. It’s inevitable to be seen when you do your work with excellence and honesty but it can take a while and that’s frustrating but if you work hard enough and just keep doing your craft it’s going to pay off. Find people around you that can keep you accountable to your creativity and your process, find teachers and other fellow artists that you trust that can critique your work and keep you growing and stretching you in the right direction.

And most importantly use your muscles and practice constantly. Even when it’s hard. Don’t stop until you feel like you’ve had a breakthrough and feel like your work is going somewhere and then post it. We are so fortunate to have social media these days that we can get so much exposure at our fingertips. Start small but always with excellence. Don’t wait until you have the perfect setup to start doing your craft. Paint in the kitchen, put that sowing machine in that corner and just do it and do it wholeheartedly! Success just follows excellency.

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