We are so excited to introduce our long time friend and local artist Tania Blanchard. We feel blessed to have another original painting by Tania in store. Tania rarely releases large originals because of the time it takes to create each piece. Tania's new original artwork 'The Natural Theory' is the only painting available this size in Australia and is exclusive to the Kira & Kira Store in Miami.
Tania Blanchard is a Visual Artist based in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. Tania has created and developed her own signature style which from a distance, looks like a colourful minimalistic arrangement. On closer inspection, however, it is clear that each artwork consists of layer upon layer of bright and bold ‘impasto dots’. This accumulation of ‘dots’ gives each painting a beautiful complex depth. Tania’s work has been described as hypnotic and emotional and her artworks strike a chord with her viewers immediately.
We were lucky enough to sit down with Tania to hear some more about her work and process, read the interview below!
Tell us some more about Tania Blanchard behind the brush?
Gosh, I don’t even know how to answer that question...But firstly can I say, and sorry to be pedantic, I mostly use a palate knife.
I guess the best thing to say is I absolutely love my Job! 6 years ago I decided to leave Graphic Design and pursue my career as an artist. Thankfully that was a fantastic decision, being an artist is always a rocky road to be on. I am very lucky to have amazing support from clients, collectors, stylists and of course Kira and Kira.
Personal stuff, I have 3 kids who rarely see their mum without being cover in paint. I live in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia and wake up everyday grateful for what I have work hard for.
When and how did you find your love for Art?
I would spend hours in my room, creating scrapbook ideas, drawing and painting...As a kid I mean, not recently. Through my primary and high school years I pretty much spent all my weekends doing the same, with bits of sport. Sport was always big in our house.
I finished school and completed a Degree in Fine Art followed by a Diploma in Graphic Design. I worked as a Graphic Designer for over 15 years. It wasn’t until I moved to the Gold Coast in 2010, that a strong desire developed to return to Visual Arts. It was around 2015 I decided to actively pursue an artistic career and became a practicing artist.
Who or what do you seek inspiration from and why?
Ummm, like everything! Everything has form and shape and colour and depth and contrast and light and...yeah everything.
Monet was a master of colour, his artworks were the original inspiration for my first works. I loved the way he captured light in his ‘Waterlily series’. I bought a bunch of palate knives and decided to “Drop dots” with a Monet-esk feel. Palate knives to me where a way to get strong depth of colour onto the canvas. I wanted texture that had bold edges and no apologies that they exist. I wanted the paint to be more than just there, I wanted it to almost attack the viewer.
How did you establish and refine your style?
Work work work, I worked at it everyday. I started using a palate knife and experimenting with different sizes and different abstract scenes. I am obsessed with colour and texture, I made a lot of mistakes and wasted a lot of expensive paint. I guess continually trying different concepts you end up one day finding the right formula. I’m a fighter, I refuse to give up and I new I was onto something. I love the process now because I have my technique down, its all about the colour these days...and emails, lots of emails.
What is your favourite part of the process?
Getting messages from collectors that have just received their painting. It really is the best feeling in the world knowing that my art has brought pleasure into someone’s home.
I love the painting process, listening to podcasts or having music playing in the background. I get into the zone and time kinda stands still.
I am a people person, I love talking to clients to get good understanding of what they want for their home. Then I go to the paint shelves and start the mix and match.
What's next for Tania Blanchard?
I would like to have an local exhibition soon, I have so much support here. I am also pursuing an exhibition overseas...New York or London, I not fussy.
I recently built a dedicated studio space at home, that’s a massive change for me.
Everything else is about my family staying healthy, happy and thankful for what we have. It’s been crazy times this year, to say the least. Lets just say, each day I can do what I do is enough.