OK, so you noticed.   The name of my company is pretty unusual.  Pull up a chair. Here's the whole story...

What’s with the Snail?

Mollusca Gastropoda:

What a wondrous, independent creature enclosed in an endless spiral of protection. It silently speaks the language of perfect infinity. They glide smoothly across their magical carpet, undulating across the universe's terrain. 

To me, snails evoke calmness and forward movement (can they even go backwards?)  No rushing here. Being grounded, earthy, and never losing sight of the humbleness of being a being on this planet. 

Their spiraling shell serves as a form of unspoken language, much like DNA. In other words, it is the language of God.  

Immortal, eternal.    

Snails have been an integral part of my life throughout my conscious existence.

Since childhood, I have been fascinated by snails. Growing up in Missouri, I spent many hours in solitude playing with worms, snails and rolly-pollies. I was what is known as a tom-boy. I loed to be outside in the dirt!

During a traumatic period of my childhood, my brother and I raised giant California snails as pets together. Later, when he was 18 years old, I lost him to a drunk driver.

When I met my husband, I knew he was a bit weird and out-of-the-box, like me. In lieu of wedding rings, we chose matching 'snail trail' tattoos, to represent permanence of our commitment and slow, steady forward momentum - we have been grounded in love for 31 years now.

What about the Candy? It's not just because I have a sweet tooth.

My grandfather, Charles Collison, was “the Candy Man”, a.k.a "Mr. Chuck". He operated his own candy store in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.  When I was a kid, he took my cousins, sister, and I to pick out anything we wanted! He wasn't just a store owner. He managed subsidized housing and apartments above his shop. He knew the community & everyone knew him; lots of smiles and laughter were exchanged.  He operated his business in an area that was extremely poor and blighted by crime. Many times he was robbed, even beaten once, but he always kept coming back because people relied on him. He loved God openly and had a great faith.  I adored his tenacity, sweet disposition, and joyful demeanor. His funeral brought hundreds of people, and I got to see how many people he touched and how much he loved. Never in my life had I seen so many people gathered together like that. My heart was moved.

I started Snail Candy Arts in 2017 and it's been my dream job. It reflects what I believe in and what I want to share.  Creating colorful, happy paintings & murals gives me the opportunity to give joy to others. Additionally, you can find my vibrant, lively artwork on stickers, totes, keyrings, apparel and more, through my Etsy shop, as well as my website.   You can take joy wherever you go!

Steady, consistent, and grounded, providing a sweet, joyful reminder of love is what I hope to translate through my creations.

That's my story. 

Come to a show or drop me a line if you want to know more.    ~Tif