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Shirtless Me

And my old bud from SCAD!
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About King Tide

My name is Tal Willis. I graduated with a bachelors degree in bachelors fine art and art history from the Savannah College of Art and Design, (SCAD) in my hometown. The college doesn't teach you specifically "how to create art. " You are exposed to the world of art. From there, it is up to the individual to create their own techniques and unique style. 

I actually had two computer classes that used the new Apple McIntosh system. If only I had bought stock back then! I quickly realized that combining my traditional illustration skills with a computer would be the direction I would take moving forward. So, after I graduated, I bought a computer and a pressure sensitive drawing tablet. I spent years teaching myself how to create art digitally. It was a lot of trial and error and at times extremely frustrating.

The creative process is always changing in the digital world. This keeps me in a constant state of interest, discovery, and motivation.

I spent 30 years in Savannah. I love everything about the lowcountry marshes and it's intricate waterways. Once a year, my friends and I would take the boat to the Florida Keys. It was a long ride, so I started looking for something closer to Savannah that had clean blue water. In 2013, I made the move to Hobe Sound. It's just about smack dab in between Stuart and Jupiter Florida and I love it here. I can almost hit the boat ramp sign with a rock from my house.

Having a fresh start in a new town, I decided to resurrect an one of my personal projects from long ago. Creating, and painting custom charts. I create digital art and apply it to different substrates. Canvas, performance shirts, towels, and whatknot.... I also do some incredible boat graphics and custom paintings. And that my friends, is how King Tide, was born.

Much like myself, it continues to grow and mature. I'm serious when I need to be, and “clean up pretty good” as grandma used to say, but I do I enjoy just being myself, which is to say, relaxed. I play a collection of nice guitars and amps, I love to fish offshore, drive classic mustangs, and be with friends and family.

I don't have a lot of play time. I keep a pretty tight circle and I only have a few friends. The ones I have are very good ones, and just like my family I would do anything for them. If you made it this far, thanks for reading. I wanted to just speak as if you were here with me.

KingTide, is a small boutique company and we don’t sell anything we wouldn’t purchase ourselves. We are the company. Growing and enjoying life.

Tal