Talent is a mystery, and sometimes this mystery gets solved by pure chance. This is exactly what happened to Tatiana Corcoran, an artist from North Carolina. She had no idea that she’s an artist. In fact, Tatiana still thinks that it’s not a big deal to paint the way she does.
Pure change is what brought us together in the first place. I played poker in one of those tournament poker clubs, and met Tim Corcoran, a player who happened to be married to a Russian girl with the same name as mine – Tatiana. We couldn’t ignore such a weird coincidence, and as a result of it, we decided to arrange a meeting for two Tatianas of North Carolina. This was when I had the first chance to see some of Tatiana’s paintings.
“Are you an artist?” I asked, and she said “no”.
Not an Artist
On a portrait made by an artist Tatiana Corcoran, you can see an Indonesian Girl staying in a bright sunlight, smiling happily. The painting is so expressive that you feel the warmth of sunshine, and excitement that girl radiates from the canvas. If I had some problems with the heater I would just put this painting on the wall and be perfectly warm for the winter, maybe even the Russian winter.
Boy, she can paint! Yet none of her paintings may have been created, if not for Tim Corcoran, Tatiana’s husband. It was actually he who figured out that Tatiana has a gift, that she is in fact a natural born artist.
Anyone can do that, right?
She’s always known her way around pencils and brushes. As a kid, she used to paint a lot in school, and people always seemed to like her pictures. Yet no one in Tatiana’s family thought it was a big deal (sound familiar?) so Tatiana forgot about painting. After her school graduation she started doing what was important. Tatiana didn’t paint for thirty years.
Something had changed in 2008 when Tim Corcoran, Tatiana’s newly married husband found Tatiana’s sketch which she doddled and forgot somewhere around. A ball point pen portrait of a bystander was so good that Tim was staring at it confused and perplexed, if not shocked.
“Is there something I don’t know about you?” he asked. ” Are you an artist?”
“What are you talking about,” Tatiana laughed. “Anyone can do that, right?”
Time to study
Tatiana Corcoran has a very natural talent. From one to ten it would be ten. She can see things that average person cannot see. She can paint someone’s face, and you would see that person’s soul.Tim Corcoran
Tatiana’s husband insisted on her getting some proper education. Seeing her natural talent, he immediately decided to do something to help it open up. It didn’t take much time. After just four month she spent in Phoenix Arizona Community College taking a Life Drawing Class Tatiana started painting.
Four months is not much of schooling, but Tatiana’s painting impressed everyone from her teachers to her classmates. Her works of art were sent to a variety of Arizona art contests, and every time Tatiana Corcoran would get back with an award.
Her very first model was her friend’s little daughter. The painting was so good that it made the girl’s mother go crazy, and she insisted on buying it. This was a complete surprise for both of them, but mostly for an artist who had never before had a “client”.
Colors and shadows
For several years a new artist Tatiana Corcoran continued painting trying to figure out her artistic style and purpose. Meanwhile her art kept shocking everyone around in a good way. Her mastery, that a lot of professional artists would dream to have, is part of it, but all her art works posses a unique quality of true nature. Every picture tells a story that is interesting to hear. Every painting has some contradictory and tantalizing aspects that make you keep looking at them over and over again. Even so, Tatiana still wouldn’t call herself as an actual artist.
In 2014 Tatiana got sick. Breast cancer was a wake-up call that forced Tatiana to revise and rethink everything in her life. Fighting the decease was a battle that took place inside. After refusing Conventional cancer treatments she followed the nutritional Gerson Therapy for next two years and she spent three more years on getting her health back. During that time she asked the questions which actually could have been answered only by her heart.
Life is pure joy
After a long journey, Tatiana found her path to happiness and health. “We just have to go out there and make life, live life and breathe life into others. It’s that simple! “.
She became a vegan to be pure both in her body and mind. Tatiana has started using less toxic Water Soluble Paints for her art. The idea of running a healthy life-style is the main motivation for Tatiana today, both as an artist and a person. Nowadays she’s working on a new art collection devoted to her vision of life. Tatiana hopes to help people to see the future the way she sees it.
Even so, answering my question she still refuses to call herself an artist Tatiana Corcoran.
“Paintings can change the world,” Tatiana says and adds that changes start with each and every person. It may be something as small as buying groceries from a local organic store or as big as helping others to get through their own dark times. Tatiana has been helping other cancer patients by sharing her experience and supporting them.
Her paintings can also help people to look at things (and sometimes themselves) differently, and just simply make people smile. This honesty that I see in every one of Tatiana’s painting is so unique and rare that makes her art stand out. To me this is something real big, huge even. Something that definitely makes Tatiana Corcoran a Big Artist in every meaning of the word.
All photos of paintings are placed with a permission of Tatiana Corcoran.
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