Tanya was brought up in a very creative 'Bohemian' household . Her father was an artist, who established a highly successful business, sculpting and manufacturing model soldiers. Under his guidance, Tanya learned about handling paint, colour mixing and attention to detail at a very early age. Her mother was an artists model and many creative friends of her parents would visit. Often left to her own devices in their ramshackle and rundown house by the Thames, she learned to entertain herself which has stayed with her. Certainly not a conventional upbringing by any stretch of the imagination!
Having painted on canvas for many years, Tanya discovered working on wood and has not looked back. Each piece is a ready made landscape. Tanya takes the wood, see the landscape presented and paints what she feels appropriate for the wood; a habitat for a wild and beautiful animal.
Whilst many of the creatures she paints are British, she is increasingly inspired by the Arctic and by Norse legends.
The wood is all found, discarded or donated. Some pieces hundreds of years old. Whilst the animals could possibly be painted again, each piece of wood is unique with its own history. This means every piece is a completely unique!