Until this point, I’ve been featuring painters on “When Artists Drink Cocktails,” so when I had the chance to interview Tatiana Mack, an artist who works in resin, I jumped at the opportunity. Although she also works in oil and acrylic pour, resin is a completely new area for me so I was eager to see how she does it. She whipped up a couple of “Cocoa Locas,” a delicious cocktail recipe she picked up from a trip to Florida, and we sat down to discuss art.
Tatiana grew up in Russia and it was so interesting to hear about her childhood. She told me that when she was a young teenager, Russia became more open to western culture and she began to see Disney cartoons. She was fascinated by Winnie the Pooh and one of her first experiences with art was drawing this beloved character that we as Americans are introduced to as babies. As she got older, life got busy and she left art behind. It wasn’t until 5-6 years ago when she moved to Georgia, she took up painting as a hobby. She rediscovered her love for art and even got her kids on board.
As she got involved in art groups on social media, she discovered acrylic pour and then resin painting. Over the years, she has amassed a huge following on Instagram where she shares her resin work and even offers demos. She took me to her upstairs studio, showed me her equipment (including a special mask she wears to keep from breathing toxic fumes,) shimmery pigments, and a few of her beautiful and functional creations. I got to film her making a platter and I got to assist on a few of the color choices. You don’t want to miss the demo and a look at the end result.
Finally, we discussed a few of her goals as an artist and her work with the Alpharetta Arts Guild. Tatiana is an officer with this non-profit art group that has a mission to champion the arts in the community. After COVID shut down classes and shows last year, she explained the group is excited to get its programs going again. If you’re local to the Alpharetta area, I know you will love discovering what they have in the works.