How to follow your heart in your career with Taneal Teresa
Ashlee Smale | On 12, Jul 2020
Brisbane based mixed media abstract artist, Taneal Teresa, is on a mission to use her art to support causes she believes in.
Taneal’s mind runs a million miles per hour, as she fits a meeting with me around the multitude of projects she is currently working on. Inspired by the Earth and the forever dramatic beauty of the land and the ocean, Taneal has had a lot of cachet in the Brisbane Art scene.
It’s hard to believe that it was only a year and a half ago that Taneal made the shift to focus her energy on her craft.
“I was studying nursing at the time. And I was on a placement and my girlfriends said “you have all these paintings sitting there, why don’t you start an Instagram?” I was earning no money because of placement. They conned me into it, which was the best thing my girlfriends could have done. And I sold out my entire garage in less than two weeks. And then it’s just been crazy ever since.”
Now, a year and a half in, and Taneal’s Instagram platform has leveraged her to work almost full time as an artist. “It is really cool that this day in age you can express yourself and run a business, and meet the people you can meet through the gram,” said Taneal.
For Taneal, no two days look the same. “I do some work in the hospital, to keep my skills up and socialise there. And then I might go to the studio. I set aside one admin day per week. And other than that, I am down at the studio with Jax, one of my roommates dogs. And he’s the biggest social I get for the day, unless I have meetings or interviews.”
Speaking with an excitement that is impossible to deny, Taneal told us about her latest project collaboration with Blue Springwater. The company produces aluminium dishwasher safe and reusable bottles, and Taneal’s art features on the bottles as a part of the Artist series.
Another project Taneal is consistently working on, is running the Art Classes at the Royal Brisbane Hospital for cancer patients. The project rotates artists monthly, and has just re-opened after COVID-19.
Similarly to most in the Arts, COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact. “Well, I’m supposed to be in Singapore right now. I was supposed to be launching [a secret project] at the moment, so hopefully that will still go through. If I am honest, my orders have slowed down, which is fair enough.”
Simultaneously though, she notes that the extra time has been beneficial to her. “It has actually allowed me to start this series that I have been thinking about for a while now. It’s allowed me to practice my drawing and other mediums. So it’s been a blessing if I am honest.”
As for what the future has in store for Taneal, “that’s the million dollar question,” she jokes. One thing is confirmed, and that’s Taneal’s next exhibition at Mayne Line Gallery in Brisbane 24th-25th October.