Tanya Darl

I am a painter, singer, musician, actor, dancer, poet, lyricist, play writer, author, photographer and sculptor. I am inspired by the Australian landscape, including the outback (in particular the colour and sparseness), rainforests, bushes, rivers and creeks, surf and beaches, Australian streetscapes, old houses and cityscapes. I also love to paint portraits. When I paint people I endeavour to capture the subject’s emotion or my emotion toward them.

My preferred tools are my bare hands, brushes, palette knives, squeegees and sponges. Painting with acrylics on canvas or cardboard is my preferred use of materials. I love the feel and texture of acrylics. I love working on big canvases. When I am doing landscape paintings I prefer to paint outside on the grass, dirt or sand. I am happiest when a leaf or some dirt falls on the canvas and becomes a part of the artwork.

My technique is free and rapid which is in sync with my sometimes fast mind. My technique has developed over the years. I now drip, pour, flick and smear paint onto the canvas…which I thoroughly enjoy doing…I find it energetic and fun!