My visual language is formed during excursions in nature as I gather impressions of visual rhythms; the rickety sound of rapidly overlaying branches, the weight of water, the embrace of the forest. These impressions, combined with the symbols that emerge from the journeys of the soul, resonate and come to life in the creative act.
Watercolors and inks begin the journey, materials which carry the voice of water; its fluid, sensuous body lays the foundation of the painting. Acrylic paint, pencil and pastels balance the act by anchoring movement and shaping form.
This series of paintings pays homage to the inherent desire of nature to pierce through its sheath and reveal its splendor to the world. They speak of new beginnings, bursts of energy, openings and arrivals.
Born in Edmonton, Taja grew up in a family of painters and musicians and it wasn’t long before she too found her love for the arts. While most of her friends were caught up on the latest Super Nintendo game, Taja could be found spending most of her time with pencil and markers in hand, letting her imagination run free though her creation of fun and quirky comics.
In 2002 Taja officially began her studies in the arts through attending Victoria High School of Visual and Performing Arts, focusing on both fine arts and digital media. Taja’s training in precise technique and studies in both classical and modern animation resulted in her strong ability and passion for capturing form, especially the human figure.
Much like her early efforts, she fixated on the world if story telling though illustrations and with full support from her family and encouragement from teachers, Taja moved to Vancouver to attend the Art Institute in 2005.
Upon graduating the Art Institute, Taja has had the great privilege in working in the film and game industries including Vanguard, Electronic Arts and Microsoft’s Gaming Studios. It is here she met her better half, Richard, a painter drawn to the abnormal and avant-garde forms of expressionism with a love for surrealism and street art.
From here ‘The Living Room Studio’ emerged, where the two use their different perspectives and combine their almost opposing styles to create vivid experiments allowing them to find a rhythm and flow in which they can work together fluidly. Using this groove they continue to challenge themselves and each other to bring compositions to their audience through art and craft shows within Vancouver’s Lower Mainland.