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Meet Patricia Rodriguez of Tigerbee Arts in Oak Cliff

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patricia Rodriguez.

Patricia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. I professionally started as an artist in 2010 after years of schooling and not following my passion. In 2010 I decided it was time to quit my job and give my Art a chance and see where I could take it. I was gaining popularity painting on vinyl records and doing a project called Hour Swap which landed me a spot on Good Morning Texas. When I wasn’t in my studio working on my projects I was in other artists’ studios as a production assistant. It was a great learning experience. I was able to work with George Sellers, an amazing sculptor, and learn new materials and techniques. I then apprenticed with Eyecon Murals and learned the art of painting BIG. With all the new skills I was able to take on creative jobs of my own and feel confident that I could keep doing Art. Being open minded and always eager to learn took me to some interesting places. I was able to help on a Guinness World Record breaking project doing the largest mural made out of Mary Kay MAKEUP. What a thrill! I was asked to do a mural at a private exclusive event where Lenny Kravitz was the guest entertainer at House of Blues. I have done a live painting event for Lexus. I have been the featured poster artist for SXSW.

I am currently working with a local business that gets to put art and wall murals in hotels across America. My own personal artwork has been juried into a show at Site: Brooklyn in New York by Annette Rose Shapiro, managing editor of Art News Magazine. I have shown at Bedford Fine Arts in California. The exhibition was juried by Ken Harman, Director of Hashimoto Contemporary and Spoke Art in San Francisco, and MacKenzie Stevens, Curatorial Assistant at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. My work has even traveled as far as Israel and I’ve enjoyed several solo shows in my home state of Texas. I have been published in various publications such as Studio Visit Magazine, Latino Leaders Magazine, Patron and Wichita Fallas Fine Arts Review. None of these things would have ever happened to me had I not said YES to my passion and dreams and worked harder than I ever thought possible. I am currently working on a solo show with a wonderful gallery called Ro2 Art Gallery that have my work featured on Artsy. The show will be opening in April at the Magnolia Theater and it’s entitled “Inside Is My Outside”. I am currently included in the group show “Women of Ro2” that is up through the month of March at their downtown Dallas location. I have tentative plans to show in San Diego this Summer and am working on a new body of work at the moment. I’m also in the process of trying to renovate my home studio so it can receive the public who are interested in visiting the studio and seeing the available works directly where they were created.

Has it been a smooth road? It most definitely has not been a smooth road at all. Besides choosing one of the hardest fields to open doors in- the ARTS- I also didn’t have any financial backing or grants through any of this process. It still is a daily struggle really but the most rewarding struggle of all. Two weeks into my self- employment my father passed away and it was such a huge blow to me that for many months I just could not get the work done. In time I used this great loss as a major fuel in my work, art and life. To know firsthand how fleeting our time is here- made me work even harder, appreciate everything more and do everything possible to see my dreams through. I also struggle with Endometriosis and for many years had no name to put to my illness. For decades I have been in and out of hospitals and ER rooms. The pain so debilitating that I sometimes only had one week out of the month that I was able to work or feel halfway normal. Bills stacked up and eviction was threatened- working for yourself with no health insurance is a very scary place to be. My illness made me appreciate the good days I was able to work- I worked harder than ever because I HAD to. Time was imperative and I was fully aware of it. I had to change my style a bit and learn to work from my bed since I spent so much time there. I eventually had to take a chemo drug to get all my symptoms in check and that in itself has caused a lot of health issues but nothing as horrible as the endometriosis. Art has certainly been the best therapy in mentally and emotionally dealing with that struggle. Art and colors are great therapy for everyone and it makes me happy that I can provide that for people and brighten their lives and hopefully get them through some things as well.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Tigerbee Arts – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others. My company is Tigerbee Arts. It originally started as an all-encompassing project where I would take on all manner of requests – be it fine art or artisan based. It has slowly evolved into a finer art realm as I no longer have all the free time to do as many small commissions- especially when I’m getting ready for art shows- but I also do murals for residential/commercial spaces. I survived many years doing art on vinyl records and will do them time permitting- but my professional artist career is my main priority and focus. I am proud that I am so versatile and can take on all manner of projects, be it fine art paintings, murals, digital art, graphic design, etc. I have also partnered with quite a few prints on demand sites and my work is featured on home decor, fashions, tech, etc. I am featured on iCanvas, Fine Art in America, Society 6 and Vida currently. My style is very much my own, fusing spray paint usually with acrylic painting and my use of colors set me apart. All my work is an homage to Nature, the beautiful and the destructive side. I think what sets me apart is my unique style and versatility.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least? What I like best about our city is that I have lived here my whole life and I know it’s history and my history with it. It is home. Even at the worst of times it is home to me. What I like least is that we seem to be experiencing a DRASTIC influx of people. My neighborhood has changed immensely and not in ways I would consider to be good. I see families being driven out, prices going up and as a struggling artist the struggle is getting to be even harder. I’m also not a fan of condos and a ton of bars in a small area and that seems to be the new direction everyone is experiencing. Not just here it is everywhere and I am trying to find out where I fit in here now, will I be able to continue living in my hometown of 41 years? Can I still support myself as an artist on my own? Will the city grow and nurture me or push me out? It’s an interesting time in Dallas right now.

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