About Tanya

I am a painter and mixed media artist  based in East Sussex in the UK. I did a 3D Foundation course at Ravensbourne college in Kent  and  I studied at Chelsea college of Art and Design in London in the 90’s gaining a BA ( hons ) in Public Art and Design.  Although this area of study offered me a wide range of materials to explore, painting on a large scale always appealed to me. The expressive nature of painting enables me as an artist comlpete freedom of movement in liquid form! I  work mainly in acrylics and build up the layers of paint to create the right depth of of colour for my work. I will often include pastels, ink or emulsion paint in my painting and love the use of textured paste to add to the paint layers. The Natural world, wildlife and the elements provide the inspiration for my paintings. When I paint I don’t see three dimensional images, I see patterns and layers of texture and love how this combines to create the image I am working with. I would say my paintings are realistic with abstract themes. I am a nature artist.

I work to commission and I  have had an ongoing commission series for a collector of my work for the past 3 years, painting highland cattle, seascapes and landscapes.   I  mostly work with images given to me from commission requests  which has offered quite a diverse range  of subject matters to explore.  I love the challenges that this offers me as a painter.  I have sold my work in the UK and Australia. Exhibited regularly with a Seaford based Arts Collective, exhibited with Grierson galleries based in Cranbrok , Kent and taken part in South East Open Studios. I have also had several solo exhibitions of my work in the Kino Cinema , cafe gallery, Hawkhurst.

After graduation, I went through the doors  of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and became part of the relaunch team in the mid 90’s when it re opened. I am a massive fan of Shakespeare  and love stage props and scenery on a large scale!   I moved to East Sussex sometime after and became a painter and decorator and learnt about paint effects. This area of work refined my technique as a painter and lead to some interesting voluntary work. This included the painting and decorating of a world peace centre on Holy Isle in Scotland and also a renovation project in Venice, Italy. I also became a mime artist during this time for a local theatre co performing in Educational and Environmental shows in primary schools all over  Kent and East Sussex. Later I  trained as a Pre school practitioner and started to run independant art making worskhops for children and adults.

For the present, my workshop programme is on hold whilst I work on my commission work. An online shop will be available in the near future where quality prints of my work and original paintings will be available to buy through the website

Commssions welcome! All enquiries can be made through the email link on this page. My recent painting development can also be found on my social media pages also linked to this website.