Our Mandala Expert Artist – Tanja Louise
Say hello to our final artist of the month -Tanja Louise grew up in a rural town Australia, the youngest of four siblings, she has always had a keen interest in Art. Tanja predominately works with pencil art, but also uses ink and watercolour. She has not completed any formal qualifications in Art, and has self taught herself all aspects of her works, making her works truly unique. She has had her works in several local art shows and galleries, and also completed works on consignment. Tanja’s art comprises of intricate drawings, which include dotwork and mandalas, and also photorealism. Here is what she has to say when we interviewed this young and highly talented artist.
Why and when did you first start to create? I have always had a keen interest in Art throughout my life, all through school I was always the arty one. I experimented with many forms of art throughout my schooling, combining my love of art and textiles to create unique wearable art. Although I chose not to go on to do any formal training in art, I have managed to self-teach myself all aspects of my art creations. This I believe, does help to make my works extremely distinctive and gives it its own uniqueness. Tell us about the inspiration behind your work and how often do you draw? I take my inspiration from my own spirituality, from the nature around me, my love of music, and my own intuition. What inspires me one week, might not necessarily inspire me the next week. A lot of my designs are influenced by my own personal interests at the time, such as my collection of crystals and dream catchers that I have in my art room. Most weeks I will draw every day, but sometimes I might go a few days without feeling the need to draw. Although the last few months I have dedicated myself completely to my art, due to my new inspiration and love of mandalas.
What technique and material do you use? I predominately work with ink, but I also use pencils and watercolours. I like to experiment with many different mediums, and also combining different elements together to create truly unique art. My art comprises of intricate drawings, including mandalas, dotwork, and also photorealism. I have done many works on commission for drawings from photos of children, families and even pets, with many people not being able to tell the difference between the two. How long do you take complete an artwork/project? Some projects can take a few hours, to up to, or more than 60 hours to complete, depending on the complexity and size of the pieces. I have done a work on commission that involved seven large poster size (100cm x 80cm) mandala yoga poses, which took several months to complete the whole series.
Where do you see yourself as a professional artist in the next 5 years? In the ideal world I would love to have my own studio, where I can have space dedicated to my artwork, and a place to display and sell my pieces. What advice or words of wisdom can you give others about creativity. To go with your heart and soul in your art pieces, do what you love for the right reasons, not just because you have to. If you don’t do what you love, how can you love what you do!!
You can find Tanja’s beautiful creations on our gallery pages and purchase some of her drawings for special occasions. Write to us for custom sized reproductions and or to enquire about her available original pieces.
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