Art watch: See­ing spots Cre­ative works by artist Tania Blan­chard

ARTIST TANIA BLAN­CHARD USES LAYER UPON LAYER OF DENSE COLOUR TO CRE­ATE HER TEX­TURED WORKS

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Painter Tania Blan­chard’s sig­na­ture style in­volves us­ing myr­iad colours care­fully lay­ered over time. “It can take up to three to four weeks to com­plete a piece be­cause of the way I paint, and the can­vases are so large,” ex­plains Tania of her works, which can mea­sure 2 x 1.4m. Work­ing from a stu­dio at the back of her home on Queens­land’s Gold Coast, Tania cre­ates us­ing dif­fer­ent-sized spat­u­las, set­ting her can­vases flat so the paint doesn’t run. In­spired by na­ture and graphic photography, her colour com­bi­na­tions are drawn from the ocean, sun­set tones, a field of flow­ers, with a riot of con­trast.

The thick, tex­tu­ral fin­ish also means they cast in­ter­est­ing shad­ows.

Al­though art has al­ways been Tania’s first love, it took a leap of faith to pur­sue it whole­heart­edly three years ago. “I stud­ied fine art af­ter school, but also did a di­ploma in graphic de­sign, which pro­vided a more direct ca­reer path,” she ex­plains. Keep­ing a sketch book for al­most two decades while she worked as a graphic de­signer and had a young fam­ily, Tania doc­u­mented her ideas and style as it evolved, wait­ing un­til the time was right to pur­sue art full-time. “When my youngest child, Sa­hara, started school, I re­alised there was noth­ing hold­ing me back and I just de­cided to go for it,” she re­calls.

Now, com­mis­sions keep her busy in the stu­dio five days a week. “Af­ter be­ing very in­volved as a mum of three, now the kids are a lit­tle older I’ve found paint­ing is some­thing just for me,” she says. For more in­for­ma­tion visit tani­ablan­chard­cre­ative.com.

“I LOVE push­ing the bound­aries WITH COLOUR COM­BI­NA­TIONS AND CRE­AT­ING SOME­THING TAN­GI­BLE. IT’S PURE ES­CAPISM” ~ Tania Blan­chard

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