We first met Tyler at an art show back in November of 2014 at The Art Room Hair Studio and were instantly drawn to his work, in fact Ross bought a piece from that show that hangs in our bedroom now. If you have ever met Tyler, you can tell right off, he’s a very unique individual with a kick ass beard! Anyway, personalities meshed and we have all been supporters of each other’s work since. What makes Tyler an official “NMV2 Featured Artist” is not just the fact that he has donated pieces for our events, but a particular piece that he did that captured MY heart, titled “The Stars Behind Her Scars”, which is also in my house now as a centerpiece in my front room.
Tyler says… “The Stars Behind Her Scars” was inspired by my recognition that a very large portion of women I’ve known have self harmed in one way or another, and most of them feel or felt very self conscious about their scars or marks. I wanted to try to show them (and anyone, really) that those scars don’t make you less of a person. They don’t diminish your beauty, your value, your intelligence, your friendship, or your right to continue existing. The fact that you’re still here to bear those scars shows how strong you are and have become, and they are now mile-stones in your life, signifying your extreme difficulties and your triumph over them. I want it to be a kind of beacon to show that a moment of weakness does not make you weak.” … That being said, it’s no wonder why I consider him one of our many random Angels, but why he is also the absolute example of everything that “Art Against Apathy” is meant to be.
My name is Tyler Moffett, and I am the artist behind Tym’s Customs (pronouced times). I’m from Decatur, Illinois, but currently located in Springfield. I’ve been painting since the summer of 2010, using mostly acrylic paint and ink. Most of my paintings don’t have specific meanings, or are just concepts/designs that float through my head, but occasionally, I do a piece that has great significance, either to myself or someone who can’t express themselves in such a way.
This painting was designed to function differently, based on your current feelings. It can be displayed with any side being upright, to show that there are many different aspects of life. Pointing up, it shows a hand reaching up for help, as we all need lifted sometimes. Pointing right, it shows a hand reaching out to give you strength and help guide you. Pointing down, it shows the hand extended to assist other, as we should lift each other whenever possible. Finally, pointing left shows the outstretched hand asking for assistance, because none of us can do this on our own.
From us to you, Thank you Tyler for all you do!
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