Tien Frogget is a fourth generation artist with a passion for creativity and beauty. She is a virtual renaissance woman and enjoys a wide variety of creative media including photography, graphic design, writing, filmmaking, music, cooking, and dancing. She also has a deep love for nature and spends as much time as she can outdoors, capturing the beauty that she sees around her. It is the diversity of her experiences and passion for living that fills her creations with unique perspective.
As a child, Tien spent her days lying in the grass and dreaming of the sky, imagining faraway worlds where impossibilities were possible. She would stay up late almost every night — sometimes until 3:00 or 4:00 AM — devouring stacks of books that were borrowed from the library. Her parents gave her a lot of freedom to play and create, and it ultimately shaped her free-spirited nature. Her first love was writing, and she knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a writer. That has stayed with her throughout her life, even when she discovered filmmaking in high school and began considering other careers.
While Tien was always interested in photography, she didn’t really start pursuing it until her early 20’s. Her initial interest was portraits, but when she got her first D-SLR she taught herself how to use it by taking pictures of everything around her. Because she was an avid hiker, it wasn’t long before she started taking her camera with her. Pretty soon she was hooked. While she still enjoys taking portraits and has expanded to many other subjects such as still life, interiors, events, animals, and more, her passion is rooted in nature and landscape photography, as well as more abstract work and the creation of digital art.
In late 2010, Tien’s work was discovered by OC Designer Source, an agent for artists and photographers that licenses art and sells prints to the interior design industry. Not long after, Tien moved to Hawaii where she lived for 8 months, photographing the beauty of the scenery that surrounded her and appreciating the relaxed pace of life that the big island offers. While she was there, she started her own remote graphic design and writing business that has continued to grow each year. After returning to California near the end of 2011, she expanded her business to encompass some commercial photography, and now resides in Orange County. You can find out more about her business by visiting the website: Forty Two.
Tien feels very deeply that art should be inclusive, not exclusive — it is not some “club” that the elite belong to, but a journey that we are all a part of. We each have our own way of capturing or expressing our experiences and unique perspective, and that is what makes it special. When creating a photograph or any piece of art, she seeks not only to capture light and shadow, color and shape, but to imbue each image with a sense of the absolute peace, wonder and joy she feels when she looks at the beauty of our planet.
I believe exceptional photography is something that comes from the heart, not the mind. Before I started photography, I don’t think I ever truly saw my surroundings. In a sense, I was walking blind through my world, never noticing how pretty the cracks in the sidewalk were, or just how many colors there are in a single flower. To me, that’s the gift of photography; not the end result, but the ability to see the magnificence of the world around me in a new way and have the chance to capture it and share it with others. I do it for the joy of it, and it has been one of the greatest gifts of my life.