About

Whitney Tates is a Shreveport based artist who works primarily in acrylic to help individuals better understand and appreciate life around them. She believes that her work can invoke contemplation and discussions on social and environmental issues. Whitney has created multiple murals in Dallas and Shreveport, LA. She is a juried roster artist and collectible artist of the Northwest Louisiana Artist Directory. Whitney holds a BA in Studio Art from Centenary College of Louisiana. 

My art is exploratory and experimental. While there may be a common thread between each piece, there is no concrete theme other than: “what if?” Each new piece is another endeavor for me to process and understand an emotion, thought or situation that I am sure every person has experienced at least once. I spend a lot of time studying people and the way they process emotions. I’ll study a feeling long enough to question what does this look like on the inside? What would it look like if this feeling manifested itself on the outside in ways other than a familiar facial expression? I like to think that I’m bringing to life imagery that exists in a different dimension. One that we all have the potential to see yet may lack the knowledge of its existence.  My art helps people tap into that potential and see ourselves in a different light. Experimenting with colors and textures, I combine this abstract process with a disciplined application style that has been born from my time spent creating portraits. Together, they form an intriguing in-congruence that, to me, reflect how people often are unexpectedly peculiar when you peel back their public layers.

My art is exploratory and experimental. While there may be a common thread between each piece, there is no concrete theme other than: “what if?” Each new piece is another endeavor for me to process and understand an emotion, thought or situation that I am sure every person has experienced at least once. I spend a lot of time studying people and the way they process emotions. I’ll study a feeling long enough to question what does this look like on the inside? What would it look like if this feeling manifested itself on the outside in ways other than a familiar facial expression? I like to think that I’m bringing to life imagery that exists in a different dimension. One that we all have the potential to see yet may lack the knowledge of its existence.

My art helps people tap into that potential and see ourselves in a different light. Experimenting with colors and textures, I combine this abstract process with a disciplined application style that has been born from my time spent creating portraits. Together, they form an intriguing in-congruence that, to me, reflect how people often are unexpectedly peculiar when you peel back their public layers.