Tammy Haddix

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Tammy Haddix
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Hometown and school: I was born and raised in Kansas City. I went to the Kansas City Art Institute and studied illustration for 4 years.

Inspiration: I am inspired by my entire family and the moments, big and small, we have had together. We have a whole new generation of little ones joining the family now, so it really refreshes my point of view of the world. I want to create things that become meaningful to someone.

Themes I’m drawn to: Snowmen, Santas and anything cute! I always strive for what I call the “aww” factor. If someone sees one of my pieces and says “aww,” then I have succeeded! I love capturing in my work the times we spend with those we love and the times that many of us have in common and can relate to and want to remember.

Series in a Year Cupcake ornament
Music Shop Window ornament

 

Best advice: In a painting class at the Art Institute my instructor Jim Paul, a former Hallmark artist, took my tiny brushes and handed me a 1-inch-wide brush to paint with. He told me I got too bogged down in the details and couldn’t see the whole picture. It was scary at first, but then I was able to express through my art. This has affected me in many ways throughout my life. I try not to focus so much on the tiny details and see life in a broader, more open way.

 

Happy place (when I’m being creative): My favorite place to work is in my studio at home. I have a fish tank on my desk where my cute little green spotted puffer named Bubbles lives. He swims back and forth watching me work, and he makes me smile! I am constantly looking for ideas everywhere around me. Thank goodness for my note app on my phone; that has a super long list of ideas just waiting to be acted upon.

Favorite work of art (so far): I have many favorites, for many different reasons. I always look forward to creating ornaments for Making Memories, because I love capturing the moments between parent and child. Snow Buddies is special, because it is the first series I started, and it is still going on 20 years later. It was inspired by gift-wrapping paper I painted when I was an illustrator. It is fun to see how it has changed over the years.

When I’m not working: At home I have my husband Rick, who is an electrician, and my two boys, Zach, who just graduated and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and Ben, who is 14 and into doing everything—fishing, golf, baseball and camping. We have a labradoodle named Baxter, who is a sweet and funny pooch. My husband and I love to do projects together. Our most current is remodeling the kitchen. We also love to garden and go antique shopping.

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Fun Fact

 

“The Family Cupcake ornaments were inspired by my family. My mom was the cake decorator of the family. She decorated cakes for us using cake pans, and now she does all of these sculpted cakes. She and my sister have a cake-decorating business together. My family actually competed on ‘Ultimate Cake Off’ on TLC…twice.”

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