One to watch – Tanya Chanter

May 1, 2019

By  Evan James

I have always had a desire to express the emotions I feel from nature. The depth and richness of the colours, the complexity
of the sky - the romantic feeling of stormy clouds, the churning foam of the ocean and the sunlight playing through tall grasses
as they bend and wave. From the sweep of the vast landscape down to the bee among flowers, natures inspiration is endless.

My feelings flow directly onto the canvas in an uninterrupted, intuitive flow; layers, textures and colours blend and evolve
before me until some secret inner part of me feels satisfied. I don’t question or reflect on the process as it takes shape, I
simply let the emotions rule the head. Around my home, nature overwhelms the human environment. Trees command the
skyline, not buildings, and beauty rules over bitumen.

My work reflects the deep inner peace I feel when outdoors, from the smell of the rich red earth in autumn and the tang of
spring, to the crisp apple coldness of winter and the ocre glow of a lingering summer sunset.

Throughout my creative career, I have enjoyed working in a diverse range of roles including 12 years in advertising at The
Age newspaper, as a voice-over artist and media presenter and as a director of a Graphic Design company. I have enjoyed
all these endeavours, and while painting began as a creative experiment with my children, I never anticipated falling so
completely in love with the expression and freedom it provides. It meets every creative impulse I have and is a source of endless inspiration and satisfaction. 

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