Tavena has shown an early interest in the fine arts due to the influence of her loving father, Gustavo Longoria, who was an active artist in Chicago. Tavena's style integrates realism, comic art and whimsical elements through the figure and portraiture. Since 2014, she has discovered oil painting after practice in multiple mediums, including drawing, acrylics, and watercolor. These days, Mejdouli mostly paints with oils and digitally. 

"I strive to capture essence rather than realism alone. This is how I filter my experience. We all see the world through interpretation and emotion, not through logic alone. My mission is to invoke an avid need of discovery for your inner self as much as the craving for human intimacy. "

Education and Classes
Figure Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Foundations and Portraiture, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
Art Teacher Certification, Region 4, Houston, TX
Juried Exhibitions and Shows
2017 JoMar Visions Art Excellence Juried Competition, Houston, TX
2008 National Museum of Women in the Arts
2007 Deland Fall Festival, Deland, FL
Awards & Volunteer Events
2019 Artist in ViaColori Chalk Festival, Houston, TX
2019 “Always and Never” Solo Art Show at JoMar Visions, Houston, TX
2018 Artist in ViaColori Chalk Festival, Houston, TX
2017 "Top Five Artists," JoMar Visions Art Excellence Juried Competition, Houston, TX
2012 Summer Portfolio Scholarship, San Francisco, CA
2010 Dean Scholarship at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
2007 4th Annual Youth Award for Outstanding Exhibit, Deland, FL