Tanya has been an artist since she was 5 years old—and probably well before then, but memory fails. An abiding love of structure, form and meaning led in other directions as well – to a writing career, a stint as a graphic designer and nearly 20 years as a journalist, but at the heart of it all was a compulsion to order the world – to create the world – in a way that she could understand.
Words, however, exist in black and white, metaphorically at least. Color is the element that is unique to the visual realm, and painting is the medium Tanya has chosen to integrate color into her world. Color as structure, form, meaning and the fundamental and exquisite ordering of the world in its own terms. Tanya paints New England landscapes. She begins a painting using reference photos she takes herself and then lets paint, hand and heart go where they will to create a piece more impressionistic than literal. She paints in oil on canvas.