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Tif Choate (ChÕt), artist and undiagnosed colorhaulic, unapologetically. Her mission is to inspire unexpected joy and warmth through visionary delight. She rebels against the harsh, drab and too-serious world by offering respite from it with her colorful full-spectrum paintings. Her company, Snaiil Candy Art was established in 2017 when she left the corporate world to make art full time.


She primarily paints with brushes, palette knives and various tools, uses acrylic paint on large canvases and latex on wall murals; she has been an artist and painter since childhood. Graduating with a graphic design and illustration degree from the Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute, Tif regularly paints commissioned animal portraits in her colorful mosaic style, vibrant abstracts and large exterior murals. She loves to give colorful joy through art to an otherwise dull and busy world.  An active Colorado artist, Tif regularly exhibits her paintings and participates in many public art projects in and around her hometown of Lafayette, CO.

2018 SHOCK ART: Art In Public Places, Longmont, CO, see 'Let It Bee'  for more photos.

2018 Interview with 12x Emmy winning journalist, Kevin Torres for

FOX31 Channel 2 News Special: Unique2Colorado Watch the interview here.

Artist CV

Recent Group Exhibitions



  • 'Animal LOVE' featuring four paintings from ‘Truth Is A Good Dog’ series on exhibit until Jan 21, 2020, The Colorado Children's Hospital, Aurora, CO
  • Select paintings from 'Truth is A Good Dog' Series, November-Dec 2019, The Arts Hub& Art Underground Gallery, Lafayette, CO
  • 'R Gallery Exhibit 'Lines' , Aug.-Sept. 2019, Broadway & Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, CO
  • ‘Intersect: A Retrospective of Juncture’ series of 12 original artworks on exhibit with 2 other artists, The Arts Hub & Art Underground Gallery, Lafayette, CO
  • ‘Community Hang(Out)’, Madelife Gallery, Boulder, CO
  • ‘See &Respond: Art on the Street’ Juried Exhibition, Lafayette City Library, Lafayette, CO
  • ‘Community Hang(Out) + Beat Cypher’, Madelife Gallery, Boulder, CO
  • ‘Truth Is A Good Dog’ Tif Choate with artist, Dori Stickles, Cannon Mine Coffee House, Lafayette, CO
  • ‘Duo of Color’ with artist Ruth Meere,  East Simpson Coffee Co., Lafayette, CO
  • ‘Winter Fine Arts Show, Juried Exhibition,  Louisville Center for the Arts, Louisville, CO
  • ‘See &Respond: Art on the Street’ Juried Exhibition, Lafayette City Library, Lafayette, CO
  • ‘Grand Petit Deux’, CORE Art Space, Santa Fe Art District,  Denver, CO 
  • ‘Hear Our Voices’,Silent Auction to benefit domestic violence survivors with SPAN    [Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-violence],    Twisted Pine Brewery, Boulder, CO

Solo Exhibitions

  • 'Truth Is A Good Dog' Entire series on exhibit, Elevate Realty Gallery, Louisville, CO
  • 7 Dogs from ‘Truth Is A Good Dog’ series on exhibit, High Drive Pet Supply, Longmont, CO
  • ‘3 Dog Nights’, Romero’s K9 Club & Taproom,  Lafayette, CO
  • Tif Choate Solo Exhibition, The Acne Lab, Lafayette, CO
  • ‘By Love: Art, Love & MeToo’, Exhibition and Silent Auction, East Simpson Coffee Co., Lafayette, CO
  • ‘Wild Things II’, FATE Brewery, Boulder, CO
  • ‘Wild Things’, FATE Ale House, Lafayette, CO
  • Tif Choate Solo Exhibition, Bittersweet Cafe, Louisville, CO

Invitational Exhibitions

  • Half-A-Ween Exhibit, Romero's K9 Club & Taproom, Lafayette, CO


  • ‘12x12 ARTS! Ball’, Fundraiser & Silent Auction, The Arts HUB, Lafayette, CO '18
  • ‘Artists Among Us II’, ARTS! Lafayette,  East Simpson Coffee Co., Lafayette, CO '18
  • ‘Artists Among Us’, ARTS! Lafayette, East Simpson Coffee Co., Lafayette, CO  '17

Public Art

  • 'Bee Kind’ (large Bee with sunburst and words)  exterior fence in parking area,  The Arts Hub, Lafayette, CO
  • ‘Insectopia’ (larger than life winged insects and flora)  3D switchgear box for SHOCK Art, Art In Public Places, Target on Nelson Rd.,  Longmont, CO
  • Commercial Mural 60’x15’, Animal Urgent Care 24 hour, 64th & Ward, Arvada, CO
  • ‘My Neighbor Totoro Visits Waneka Lake’, public mural for Alley Art Amazin’ city mural program, Lafayette, CO
  •  ‘Let ItBee’ (the Beatles meets bee conservation)  3D switchgear box for SHOCK Art, Art In Public Places, 6th &Coffman, Longmont, CO
  • ‘Lotus & Ohm’, gold leaf mural inside Soul Tree Yoga, south studio, Lafayette, CO
  • ‘Little Clinic Measure Up Animals’, mural inexhibit, WOW! Children’s Museum, Lafayette, CO
Public murals, Alley Art Amazin’ city mural program, Lafayette, CO -

• Peacocks 100’x7’                     

•  Chicka Boom  12’x10’

• Empowered by Love 48’x15’   

• The Hand Off’ 60’x15’

•LafaYeti 24’x10’                        

• Miller’s Window 12’x8’    

• The Miner at the Miner’s Museum, Lafayette, CO  

• Sunrise in the Mountains, on Mary Miller’s chicken coop

• Urban Garden 2-sides of a house            

• John Weise Tribute, founder of Alley Art Amazin’

  • Multiple stage sets and mobile murals for non-profits, Asheville, NC
  • Public art murals with homeschool communities

Honors & Awards

  • Selected Artwork commissioned by ARTS! Lafayette for 2019 Art Hero Award Winner
  • ‘Insectopia’, 3D switchgear box, public vote winner for SHOCK ART, Art In Public Places, Longmont, CO
  • Juror, ‘See &Respond: Art on the Street’ Reception, Lafayette City Library, Lafayette, CO
  • ‘Music, Rhythms & Dance’ Juried Exhibition,  2nd Place Award, Louisville City Library, Louisville, CO
  • Arts! Lafayette Art Hero Award Recipient
  • ‘Let It Bee’, 3D switchgear box, public vote winner for SHOCK ART, Art In Public Places, Longmont, CO

Publications about the Artist

  • ‘Critters on Canvas’ article in Life & Culture Section, The Denver Post - July 12 edition  
  • ‘Turning Your Pets Into Pieces of Art’ FOX31 CH.2 News: Unique 2 Colorado - aired July 31  
  • ‘Ferbenreiche Vierbeiner’ (Full Color Quadruped)  world news article, Hund, syndicated German magazine - July/August issue  


  • Interview: The Making of a mural ‘The Hand Off’ by Tif Choate @ The POST Brewery’, The Lafayette Buzz, Terence Wike, on YouTube  
  • ‘Up Their Alley: Colorado Town Creates Bootstrapped Public Art Project’ article about Alley Art Amazin’  including Tif Choate,article in Life & Culture section, The Denver Post - 2014

Teaching/ Professional Experience

  • Lead Artist, Alley Art Amazin’ city mural program, Lafayette, CO
  • Co-Chair of Public Art Committee, City of Lafayette, CO
  • Member of Public Art Committee,   City of Lafayette, CO
  • Artistic Director, Alley Art Amazin’  city mural program, Lafayette, CO
  • Art Instructor, ‘I Have a Dream’ mural for Youth program, helping to design & oversee group painting
  • Summer Youth Art Instructor K-5th Grade, Boulder Valley Christian Church
  • Homeschool Instructor for my two sons
  • Co-op teacher for Hendersonville Homeschoolers Assoc., Asheville, NC
  • Co-Op teacher private homeschool community, Boulder County, CO


  • AS Degree in Arts, Illustration and Graphic Design, Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • continuing education, workshops, field training, mentorship, parenting, and lots of trial and error.


Large format painting, professional acrylic and latex painter, animal portraiture, wall mural painting,
graphic design, Adobe Creative Suite designer, all around positive attitude, resilience and determination.



"Tif is a one of a kind artist. Her vibrant colors carry the personality and aura of her subjects. Love her work!" ~Stephanie S



"Tif is a tremendous talent and cool human. People always comment on how much they love my hypnotic Fox painting - I love it too!!" ~Shannon V



"creativity flows here".... ~Sean O



"her art is absolutely stunning and unique. i am so in love with the way she uses colors to make the picture pop in the best of ways. i love her style and her passion and would absolutely recommend to anyone who wants a portrait done!" Alexandra Y



"The Dog! The first time I saw Tif’s Art was an installation at Simpson Coffee house and I’ve REGRETTED not buying The Dog ever since. There is art that is moving and memorable and then there is art you simply want to have in your life every day. That’s Tif’s Art!" ~ Corinne A



"Tif created a beautiful portrait of our Orrin. Her color choices and attention to the details specific to his being really make this piece special for us." ~Heather B



"Beautiful painting captures the soul of my sweet pet!" ~ Jan C



"love Tif Choate's art! Bright, vibrant, fun colors that will make you smile!" ~Lisa L



"Her work sings with spirit!" 'Susan B



"I commissioned a painting as a gift for my daughter of her 2 cats. She loved it. The bright colors are so happy and cheerful." ~ Marcia V



"We hired Tif to help my son and I turn our vision into a painting to celebrate a very important milestone in my son’s life. Her work is amazing and the piece she did for us captured our ideas perfectly. What a wonderful gift she has!" ~Cristina J

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