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  • middleofnowhere Ireland

    One of the reasons why I chose to live stream these events was to make my portraits accessible to disabled people and disabled artists who couldn’t get to the live events in person. I wanted to breakdown social and artistic isolation and create a dialogue between a live and invisible audience, pushing the boundaries of […]

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  • #STEAMSymposium – The Big Draw

    ‘Science loves drawing and drawing loves science. A partnership that is older than time itself. A natural fusion that has occurred throughout the history of the human race and this needs to be embraced and encouraged by our educational institutions’. This is what I came away with after a fascinating and enlightening Big Draw’s #STEAMSymposium. […]

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  • Tanya meets Neil Baldwin at Stoke City Football Club

    I visited Neil Baldwin at Stoke City Football Club in July and got into the spirit of it all. Neil is an extraordinary man who’s living the dream. Can’t wait to paint his portrait live at Stoke City’s football stadium this Monday.

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  • Dame Evelyn Glennie-Portrait Event

    It’s been one of my life time ambitions to have my portraits in the National Portrait Gallery. Here I was painting a portrait live in Room 20 at NPG of the world’s first deaf solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. What a surreal and extraordinary experience it was. Here we were, two pioneering women in a […]

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  • JohnAkomfrah-The Portrait Event

    I’m in my studio reflecting on the two great portrait events I’ve done so far in the Portraits Untold collection and there’s another one just round the corner. Portraits Untold sittings started with John Akomfrah who sat in the Round Gallery at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The scene was set as John sat in […]

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  • Masterclass and Briefing – National Portrait Gallery

    Having just run four days of non stop Portrait workshops at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), I sit in my studio in the Shropshire Hills reflecting and contemplating on how extraordinary my career has been to date. As an artist and as a self defining disabled artist whose work is born out of the every […]

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  • The Big Draw Awards

    Drawing has always been fundamental to my practice as an artist and I believe that drawing is fundamental to our common humanity that unites us as human beings. Having The Big Draw as a partner on Portraits Untold is very exciting as I’ve followed and been involved with delivering Big Draw events for as long […]

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  • Portrait sitting with Dame Evelyn Glennie

    Choosing the right sitters for Portraits Untold was no mean feat. I wanted to find four diverse high profile sitters who had achieved greatness in their lives through celebrating our common humanity in their chosen field of expertise. I also wanted sitters who I would connect with and who I thought the public would connect […]

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  • A synergy: Traditional Paint and Digital Drawing

    Portraits Untold has brought me to a new point in my artistic development where I can now begin to explore new possibilities and new approaches in my portrait work. I want to begin to create a synergy between my use of traditional painting methods, techniques and materials with my use of digital paint, drawing tools […]

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