My name is Tali Yalonetzki. I’m 29 years old, and I live in Tel Aviv, Israel, with my boyfriend, Elad. When I was a third year student at the Bezalel Art Academy, my friend Naomi told me about Etsy. I was amazed to learn there’s a place where I could sell my art worldwide! And so it began. I’ve been selling my paintings and drawings in my shop, Tush Tush, ever since.
I painted and danced as a little girl, and somewhere along the way, painting took over. I work in a number of mediums: oil pastels, colored pencils, and acrylic paints. Sometimes I draw in ink. I love that I have the freedom to choose what to paint and how. There’s a lot of room for imagination and creativity.
Israel is a very warm and sunny country, and sunlight is one of my motivations to paint – the way it changes throughout the day, its many facets and shades each creating a special moment and feeling. In addition to light, I am also inspired by people, how they behave and look. I love to people-watch in the streets. Unfortunately I can’t take the city back inside with me, so when I sit down to paint I try to capture the moments I observed.
I paint using a number of techniques and offer my products in a varying sizes and mediums, and I think it’s this versatility that sets me apart. I think about the homes they will hang in, taking care to consider colors, composition, and overall design. My tiny canvases are an especially great solution for art collectors, using very little wall real estate to create a big impact in a small space.
Photography is another medium I use. I often use my friends as models. We have photo shoots together and I paint from those pictures. I especially love vintage photos because of the simple bygone moments that I see in them. I miss that simplicity sometimes. It’s very touching. I want to pass those feelings on, so my goal is to immortalize and communicate them in painting.
Etsy means very, very much to me. Every day I wake up with joy in my heart, knowing I have another day to express myself through painting. I feel like every moment I don’t create is wasted. Without Etsy, I don’t know if I would have known how many wonderful people there are. My shops (I sell my illustrations in my other shop, Tosya) are my full-time jobs. I’m very grateful for this opportunity I’ve been given to accomplish my dream: painting all day and supporting myself as a freelance illustrator.
I never could have imagined that my artwork would reach so many people around the world. My shop is a great outlet for my feelings and ideas. It’s given me independence and hope for my creative future, showing me that persistence brings favorable results.