A native of Louisiana, Tanya’s life has taken her on many adventures. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she moved from her small hometown to the Dallas area where she met and married her husband of 26 years. She and her husband have lived in several states across the Southwest but have currently settled back in Texas. Known for her wanderlust, Tanya loves to experience life and cultures across the globe thus her feet are never deeply planted.
Tanya has been creative for most of her life. Earning a BS degree from the School of Human Ecology at Louisiana Tech University, she minored in art and has attended a few workshops but is primarily self taught. After 26 years as a wife and mother of three and with the encouragement of her husband, Tanya is now making art her focus for the second chapter of her life.
Tanya’s work has garnered her several awards and her client list is growing. Her most recent accomplishment is being chosen the 2016 winner of A Year On The Plaza Art Competition. This award has enabled a piece of her work to be currently displayed via a 9' x 28' wall mural in the heart of the Dallas Arts District for one year.
Her art employs the use of bold, pure color, textured layers, and movement in the mixed medias of acrylic, paper, and charcoal. "I add many layers of texture and paint, removing some of those layers as the piece progresses and am delighted by the discovery of what lies beneath."
When not creating, she can often be found on the sidelines of a soccer pitch cheering on her teen son or sailing her beloved yellow boat, often times by moonlight.
"In celebration of one of the world's most recognizable sky lines and the river on which it sits, I created this piece to honor Dallas' resilience and strength in the face of whatever storms may come it's way. As the clouds roll off to the East and the setting sun begins to cast a warm vibrant glow over our beautiful city, the last remaining light of a rainbow arcing over “Big D” gives us hope and reminds us of God's love and mercy which strengthens us, even if we sometimes feel like fragile boats made of paper attempting to navigate the swollen rivers of life."
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