TOAF Melbourne Q + A: Tanya Marie Reeves

BRILLIANT BLOCK COLOURS AND FAULTLESS LINES ARE FIXTURES OF TANYA MARIE REEVES’ SATURATED ACRYLIC PORTRAITS.

What materials do you prefer to work with?

I mostly use flow acrylic paints as they are smooth, vibrant and dry quickly. I create my artwork on stretched canvas mostly because it is the cheaper option for both myself and my collectors, though I do prefer to work on more absorbent surfaces such as paper. Often I will mount my canvas with calico for that same absorbent, matt-brushed cotton quality.

What goes into creating each piece?

The beginning of a new painting involves looking for a pose. I will often trawl through images of avant-garde fashion and portrait photography to find just the right one. Once I have the pose that strikes me I take it to paper, drawing, manipulating and adding contrasting patterns and shapes. The final outline is then duplicated on the canvas. From there I paint, crafting flawless lines and adding layers upon layers of beautiful colour until the entire surface is saturated and smooth.

Do you have anything exciting that you’re working on currently?

While continuing to remain true to my subject matter, recently I have been working on something a little different to my signature style – though not at all new to my repertoire. Those who have followed my work will have often seen a break away from my rigid style and a range of alternate artwork using acrylic paint and mixed media.

Is there a particular message you want to convey through your work?

Ultimately my paintings reveal a woman’s innate beauty, celebrating her sensuality and sexuality, her secrets and mystery and, most significantly, her confidence and strength of character. I hope for my artwork to inspire and empower women of all ages to embrace and revel in similar attributes.

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