About

Bio

This won’t be a flowery, academic statement that you forget five minutes later. I’ve been a lifelong artist and a Whitby resident for 16 years.

Photo of artist
Photo of the artist by Meghan Petruk

I work full time restoring vintage posters. I love music and have been taking guitar lessons for 4 years. I love green vintage jadeite glass and collect too much of it. Making art calms my mind. This creative output could be a painting, a sculpture, an odd object or pottery piece. Sometimes I paint birds on eggs, wood or canvas because there appears to be something complicated going on in their heads that intrigues me. For the last year I’ve been enormously satisfied with the process of making pottery. I try to make a certain item, but if the clay wants to go off and be something else, I’ll just go with it. If you’re admiring a piece, feel free to contact me to buy it. My work is for sale since it’s not practical to keep all of it. Gotta make room for more jadeite.

Artist’s Statement
What came first – the bird or the egg? My bird portraits on goose eggs bring the concept of life cycles and renewal to the fore. A saturated colour palette takes advantage of the brilliant qualities of watercolour on a white goose egg shell ground. These luminous eggs accompany a larger body of work involving birds, bees, eggs and nests. This series of work, in a range of different media, are all linked by recurring subject matter.

Solo Exhibitions
Spectator: People and Events (Scugog Council For The Arts Gallery, Port Perry) 2013
Toronto International Bike Show (Exhibition Place, Toronto) 2016

Selected Juried Exhibitions
Newmarket Juried Art Show (Serpa Gallery, Newmarket) 2019
Perfect Moment (Station Gallery, Whitby) 2018
Ontario Society Of Artists Juried Exhibition (John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto) 2018
One With Everything (Station Gallery, Whitby) 2017
Annual Juried Show (SCA Gallery, Port Perry) 2017
Glimpse (Station Gallery, Whitby) 2016
Oshawa Art Association Juried Show (Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa) 2016
Secret World (Station Gallery, Whitby) 2015
Oshawa Art Association Juried Show (Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa) 2015
Oshawa Art Association Juried Show (Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa) 2014
Oshawa Art Association Juried Show (Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa) 2013
SHIFT (Station Gallery, Whitby) 2012
Group Exhibitions
In The Round (Proof Studio Gallery, Toronto) 2018
Farm To Table (SCA Gallery, Port Perry) 2017
Surfacing: Off The Pages ( Station Gallery, Whitby) 2012
Professional Experience
Art Instructor, Station Gallery, Whitby, 2014
Drawing Teacher, Community Connections, Whitby, 2015
Host and Community Producer of Tanya’s Art Studio, aired daily on Rogers TV Durham until the end of 2015
World Class Poster Restoration Artist for Backing To The Future, 2015 to present
Other Experience
Artwork selected by the Town of Whitby Banner Program for signage on Brooklin light posts
Academic History
Bachelor Of Fine Arts Degree, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 1989-1993
Awards
Honourable Mention, Seasons Of Change (Scugog Arts Resource Centre, Port Perry) 2012
Honourable Mention, Red Hot Juried Art Show (Ontario Shores Gallery, Whitby) 2012
Art Associations
Member of Scugog Council For The Arts and Whitby Station Gallery