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I have been creative for most of my life. I earned a BS degree from the School of Human Ecology at Louisiana Tech University and minored in art and have attended a few workshops but I'm primarily self taught. I paint due to a compulsive desire to make things. I must have a project under way in order to be happy. Whether it's a garden project, a building project, or a painting in the works...creating is almost as necessary as breathing.

My love of the natural and organic world is what inspires my subject matter. Colorful flowers, vast landscapes, sunsets...these are all traditional painting ideas that I attempt to treat in non-traditional ways. Letting the textured ground of canvas, paper, linen, or wood peep through areas of lost and found edges, drips, delicate lines, and pooled paint, I merge the abstract with the representational. Leaving areas of my paintings seemingly unfinished and abstracted allows the viewer to become engaged and complete the piece with their own eyes providing the ability to escape for just a moment into another world.

Of all the comments I've received, the one I hear most is "Your paintings make me happy." This makes it all worth doing!

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Tanya Joiner Slate

Artist Statement

 

I paint due to a compulsive desire to make things. I must have a project under way in order to be happy. Whether it’s a garden project, a building project, or a painting in the works…it’s almost as necessary as breathing. 

My love of the natural and organic world is what inspires my subject matter. Colorful flowers, vast landscapes, sunsets…these are all traditional painting ideas that I attempt to treat in non traditional ways. Letting the textured ground of canvas, paper, linen, or wood peep through areas of lost and found edges, drips, delicate lines, and pooled paint, I merge the abstract with the representational. Leaving areas of my paintings seemingly unfinished and abstracted allows the viewer to engage and complete the piece with their own eyes, providing the ability to escape for just a moment into another world. 

Of all the comments I’ve received, the one I hear the most is “Your paintings make me happy.” This makes it all worthwhile!

Tanya Joiner Slate

Artist Statement

 

I paint due to a compulsive desire to make things. I must have a project under way in order to be happy. Whether it’s a garden project, a building project, or a painting in the works…it’s almost as necessary as breathing. 

My love of the natural and organic world is what inspires my subject matter. Colorful flowers, vast landscapes, sunsets…these are all traditional painting ideas that I attempt to treat in non traditional ways. Letting the textured ground of canvas, paper, linen, or wood peep through areas of lost and found edges, drips, delicate lines, and pooled paint, I merge the abstract with the representational. Leaving areas of my paintings seemingly unfinished and abstracted allows the viewer to engage and complete the piece with their own eyes, providing the ability to escape for just a moment into another world. 

Of all the comments I’ve received, the one I hear the most is “Your paintings make me happy.” This makes it all worthwhile!

anya Joiner Slate

Artist Statement

 

I paint due to a compulsive desire to make things. I must have a project under way in order to be happy. Whether it’s a garden project, a building project, or a painting in the works…it’s almost as necessary as breathing. 

My love of the natural and organic world is what inspires my subject matter. Colorful flowers, vast landscapes, sunsets…these are all traditional painting ideas that I attempt to treat in non traditional ways. Letting the textured ground of canvas, paper, linen, or wood peep through areas of lost and found edges, drips, delicate lines, and pooled paint, I merge the abstract with the representational. Leaving areas of my paintings seemingly unfinished and abstracted allows the viewer to engage and complete the piece with their own eyes, providing the ability to escape for just a moment into another world. 

Of all the comments I’ve received, the one I hear the most is “Your paintings make me happy.” This makes it all worthwhile!