Artist: Tanya Darl
Tanya is a painter and photographer. She is inspired by the Australian landscape, including the colour and sparseness of the outback, rainforests, bushland, flowers, rivers and creeks, beaches, Australian streetscapes, old houses, and cityscapes. Tanya has done portraits of some famous Australians including James Morrison and Deborah Conway. She also loves to express her emotions through her artworks and has a semi-abstract style.
Tanya’s preferred tools are her bare hands, brushes, palette knives, squeegees and sponges. Painting with acrylics and oils on canvas, timbre or cardboard is her preferred use of materials. She loves the feel and texture of paint.
Tanya’s technique is free and rapid, which is in sync with her sometimes fast mind. This technique has developed over her years of painting and experimenting. She drips, pours, flicks and smears paint onto the canvas, “which I thoroughly enjoy doing… I find it energetic and fun! I also find painting to be tiring and reflective… when I am tapping into my emotional work,” she said.
Recently Tanya has exhibited: Places of the World and Imagination at Brisbane Square Library, Art from the Margins Outsider Art Awards at The Old Museum, Celebrating Difference at KPMG, and Paralym Art World Cup in Tokyo.
The artworks listed below are currently showing in the Dreams Exhibition at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital.