Once in a blue moon, someone picks up a paintbrush for the first time and the magic happens. Without any background or training, they wield the brush as though they were a trained professional. This is what happened to Tré Taliaferro just 4 years ago.
“One day I was sitting in my room looking at a ton of videos on Youtube,” Tré recalls. He was a high school student at the time. “I came across a guy that did a landscape in nothing but colors and decided I wanted to give it a try. So I bought some paint and a canvas the next day and did my take on it. I uploaded it to social media and a few people gave me some feedback and said that it was really good so I tried it again with a different picture.”
Since that serendipitous day in 2013, Tré has developed a thriving local business. With each new painting, “I use a very strict and practiced process…to keep the style I’ve developed,” Tré reveals. “Every painting is a freestyle and one random color dictates what the next color will be next to it. If there’s any challenge, it would be trying to create dimension with unrealistic colors while refraining from using too much of the same color, while still keeping the perfect balance.”
Even though painting comes so naturally, Tré still is not immune to the voice of his inner critic. “When I go back and look at a painting a week or so after completion, I’m very hard on myself and only think of how I could’ve done certain areas a little better, but then I apply those lessons learned into the next painting.
Reaching another milestone, Tré recently made his first solo exhibition, a month-long display at the Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen, Virginia featuring his collection of portraits, Contemporary Classics.
“When I do paintings of people, mainly very well known entertainers, sometimes I’ll do them because of their influence on my life and other times it’ll be due to the timing,” he explains. “Maybe they’re very talked about at the time, they could’ve passed away around the same date but an earlier year, or I think it’ll be a good follow up from the last painting I did.”
A Thousand Different Colors is proud to present this collection of portraits – Contemporary Classics by Tré Taliaferro.