To Top

Check out Tiare Smith’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiare Smith.

Tiare, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I have been “artsy” every since I could hold a pencil. At the tender age of only three years old, I experienced one of my greatest and probably most painful works of art. I decided to redecorate our brand new yellow, leather sofa with beautiful black ink! The experience did not discourage me, it just taught me to enjoy my art on smaller, more porous surfaces! LOL!

I made journals and mixed media as a teen but did not know anything about the genre, at that time. I enjoyed drawing daily and it came to me naturally. Trying to take the easy way out as a senior in college…I took a drawing class to get an easy A. I got that A but the experience of being made to draw things I had no interest in, spoiled the desire and I put my pencil down for approximately 18 years. Today, I understand the lessons that I failed to realize at a young age. Today, I enJOY honoring my history, my life and the future in my art.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Born with art in my heart I lost my way from my art for about 18 years. It came back to my life in a burst of emotion and anxiety. By practicing techniques of self-love, positive self-talk, and action which also helped me to overcome other areas of struggle, I now enjoy my art in a free and inspiring way.

My art reflects the wonderful women (and sometimes men) who informed and continue to inform my life…my mom, neighbors, teachers, friends, 2nd and 3rd mom. Black women. Strong women. Smart women. Beautiful women. Loving women. Do you women. My art is inspired by positivity, peace, determination, growth, courage, happiness, love and fight. It lies in happiness and hope. It breathes color and love.

I most often use acrylics, inks, pastels, and textured mediums to bring my stories to the canvas.

I hope my art creates and reflects a space where happiness, love, and courage dwell.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
No. I have always thought that artists have a role in sharing truth, struggle, love, and light. They have a role in bringing forth conversation and healing. I think it is needed more than ever…in recent years.

Since my art features black women…my ancestors, my family, my friends, strong women, courageous women, wounded women, loving women, it surely affects me and what I create. Freedom. Love, strength, courage are often themes in my art. There are many struggles that we need to overcome, yet so often people may feel stifled. My art helps to release and reveal some of that emotion.  Therefore, I don’t think it affects what I am focused on. However, I do think it gives me opportunity to always process my emotions surrounding daily life, local or global current events.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I do the majority of my business online at
Instagram: @iamclassygirl
Society 6:

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Tony Mitchell
Photo of Tiare

Getting in touch: VoyageATL is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you know someone who deserves recognition please let us know here.


  1. Tiare

    April 9, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    So very excited to be featured in VoyageATL. What an honor. So very grateful. Thank you so much for the feature.

  2. margo mateas

    April 9, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful article. I love Tiare’s work and passion! The strength and simplicity of her love shows in every brushstroke.

    I LUV LUV LUV her designs and am actually enrolled in one of her workshops, so it is extra wonderful to see my teacher profiled like this! The thing about Tiare is that she keeps things simple and direct, which makes it possible for me to learn and actually create things right away, which I need as a new artist.

    I LUV the images you profiled here… awesome profile of an amazing artist and her amazing work!

  3. Kiala

    April 9, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    What a beautiful article highlighting the importance of supporting black art and black artists. I love that the women you depict represent all shades and sizes and that there is so much movement and obvious joy in the colors. Your work is beautiful!!! Keep on keeping on!!!

  4. Maria

    April 10, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Thank you for this lovely article about Tiare. I have followed her art for many years and appreciate all she does for the community at large.

  5. Maria Geary

    April 10, 2019 at 11:49 am

    So glad and thankful to see Tiare’s continued rise in her art journey. From “meeting” her in Scraps of Color where she lead the way of not only art, but also to opening doors and mindsets of positivity and “can-do” attitudes. She is truly an inspiration to EVERYONE! Thank you for highlighting and recognizing AMAZING talent and drive!!!

Leave a Reply

Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in