"I attune my imagination to receive impressions, whatever their form or hue, with the highest possible degree of intensity and try to translate these fleeting impressions into living light." - Tiana Marie
Artist's Statement My work aims to explore the unity of the elements of life; earth, air, fire, water and ether, in the natural world as these elemental forces co-operate to create the forms of Nature that we see around us in mountain, lake, cloud and wind.
The English Lake District is the perfect place to observe the workings of these elemental powers.
John Ruskin’s masterpiece, Modern Painters, Vol. I has been a great influence on my artistic practice. His language is scientifically observant and yet at the same time poetic in content.
Ruskin encouraged student artists to study the dawn each day as an exercise ‘to calm and purify’ the mind of unwanted thoughts, a wonderful antidote to depressed spirits, to feel the power of a new dawn each day, and benefit from the light of nature for wellbeing. This idea has inspired me to showcase a collection of paintings on the power of sunrise. This will form the core of my next exhibition in 2021. In my art practice I am fascinated by the movement of clouds in the ever-changing sky. I regard myself as a follower of the English and French Romanticists in their use of meteorological imagery and metaphor and I try in my work to depict the depth and beauty of these sublime moments of light.
My paintings are intended to show the importance of light in Nature, which creates the embodiment of soul and atmosphere in a painting.
Summary Tiana is a professional artist in the Romantic landscape tradition. Her works explore the aesthetics of landscape in fleeting images of natural forms and inhabit the interface between light, landscape, consciousness and the literary imagination.
She has held 30 solo exhibitions and 14 group shows in Britain. As a tutor Tiana has produced and taught over 40 different types of educational workshops and art programmes UK-wide for institutions, charities, universities and colleges, creating and leading workshops that inspire and ignite individual creativity. Many paintings are in private collections worldwide, including various in France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Australia, Canada, U.S.A and Japan.
Biography Born into an artistic family in South Lakeland, Tiana’s artistic vision was strongly shaped by the valleys of the Lake District with their powerful weather conditions reflecting the elemental power of Nature.
She studied art at DeMontfort University and gained a B.A. (Hons). After graduation she returned to Cumbria to earn her living as an artist and established a studio at Halfpenny.
She exhibited her first watercolours at the Royal Society of Artists in Watercolour at the Bankside Galleries in London, and held her first solo exhibition in 1983. Impressions of Lakeland produced 75 works and was held at Brantwood, Coniston, home of John Ruskin. The Times described her as 'one of the Lake District’s most promising young professional artists.' The Daily Telegraph records the influence of Ruskin and Turner on her work.
Since then Tiana has had many shows inspired by the English Lake District and the Northern Counties, selling to a growing band of collectors worldwide. She has also been awarded an artist residency at the painting studio at Grizedale Forest, working in the Lake District National Park.
Tiana was a member of the Lake Artists Society from 1983-2007 and is featured in the book by Jane Renouf, TheLakeArtists' Society - A Centenary Celebration. She left Cumbria in 2007 to live and work in Somerset, returning in 2018.
The splendour and drama of Lakeland and its many weathers has been much of the inspiration for Tiana’s paintings, but she continues to portray the spirit of place, a landscape’s inner qualities in her paintings of the English West Country as well. She has also shown her work at the Society for Women Artists in London.
Tiana presently lives and works in Cumbria and has held 30 solo exhibitions and 14 group shows as a practicing artist, based on the themes of light in the Romantic landscape tradition.
Tiana works in adult education supplying coursesand presentations within the North West and South West Regions, including artists' walks and plein air workshops at historic venues.
As a creative educator she also teaches residential courses at Higham Hall in Cumbria. The next art holiday for 2021 will bea study break on Painting Cats.
Tiana has written many articles about making art in the British landscape. She is currently completing the University of Cumbria's MA in Literature, Romanticism and the English Lake District at the Ambleside campus, 2019 - 2021.
Recent Reviews 2019 Mary Ingham, 'Earth, Wind & Fire,' Cumbria Life, November Issue.
2019 Adrian Mullen, 'Elemental Power & Spirit of Landscape,' Westmorland Gazette. 24.10.19
2019Ambleside & District Life Magazine, 'Tiana takes inspiration from Ruskin in his bicentenary year.' Autumn Issue.
Recent Interviews 2020 Dr Sue Allan, 'My Life in Art - Beyond the Rainbow.' Cumbria Life, August Issue.
2019 BBC Radio Cumbria, 'The Rainbow Paintbox,' 31.8.19.
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"My works seek to honour the unpredictable in Nature, that spark of inspirational feeling which is often carried within the medium of watercolour." - Tiana Marie
Timeline 2021 Solo Exhibition, Sunrise, Cumbria 2019 Solo Exhibition, Forces of Nature, The Ruskin Museum, Coniston, Cumbria. 2017Solo Exhibition, Ancient Landscapes, Robin Hill Studio, Cumbria.
2016 Solo Exhibition, The Orchard Drawings, Robin Hill Studio, Cumbria.
2014 Members exhibition, Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, Somerset.
2013 Solo Exhibition,TheMatter of Britain, Chalice Arts Studio, Glastonbury, Somerset.
2012 Group Show, Landscape Visions, Illminster Arts Centre, Somerset.
2010 Solo Exhibition, Light Reflected: Light Refracted, The University of Cumbria, Ambleside, Cumbria.
2010 Solo SAW Exhibition, In the Presence of Nature, Chalice Arts Studio, Glastonbury, Somerset.
2006 Solo SAW Exhibition, First Light, Chalice Arts Studio, Glastonbury, Somerset.
2004 Solo Exhibition, Found Horizons, The Chapter House, Wells Cathedral, Somerset.
2003 Solo Exhibition, Nature's Invitation, Upfront Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria.
2003 Group Show, Singing the Land: The Recovery after foot-and-mouth, Signature Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria.
2003 Group Show, Spirit of Lakeland, The Wolf House Gallery, Silverdale, Lancashire.
2002 Solo Exhibition, Visions of Light, The Chapter House, Wells Cathedral, Cumbria.
2002 Group Show, Recent Work, First Sight Fine Art, Bath, Somerset.
2001 Solo Exhibition, Recent Work, The Heron Theatre, Beetham, Cumbria.
2001 Solo Exhibition, Spirit of Place, The Wolf House Gallery, Silverdale, Cumbria.
2000 Solo Exhibition, Land of the Summer People, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury, Somerset.
2000 Group Show, Art at the Armitt, Ambleside Armitt Museum, Cumbria.
2000 Group Show, Christmas Exhibition, Anderson Gallery, Broadway, Worcestershire.
1998 Solo Exhibition, Recent Work, The Heron Theatre, Beetham, Cumbria.
1997 Group Show, Tarns & Waterfalls, Oddfellows Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria.
1996 Solo Exhibition, Testimony of Light, Oddfellows Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria.
1994 Solo Exhibition, Our Life’s Star, Stansted Hall, Essex.
1994 Solo Exhibition, Clouds of Glory, Hanover Galleries, Liverpool.
1994 Solo Exhibition, Art & Soul, The Gig House Gallery, Elterwater, Cumbria.
1994 Group Show, Art in the Garden, Oddfellows Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria.
1994 Group Show, 12 to Newcastle, Owen Humble, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
1993 Solo Exhibition, Heaven and Earth, Castlegate House, Cockermouth, Cumbria.
1992 Solo Exhibition, The Spirit of Things, Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria.
1992 Solo Exhibition, An Artist’s Harvest, The Theatre in the Forest, Grizedale, Cumbria.
1991 Solo Exhibition, Shades of Light, The Wolf House Gallery, Silverdale, Cumbria.
1990 Solo Exhibition, Cumbrian Skies, Castlegate House, Cockermouth, Cumbria.
1988 Solo Exhibition, Summer Show, Lakeland Summer Music Festival, Ambleside, Cumbria.
1987 Solo Exhibition, Lost Horizons, The Coach House Gallery, Kirkby Lonsdale.
1987 Group Exhibition, Selected Work, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria.
1987 Solo Exhibition, Autumn, The Wolf House Gallery, Silverdale, Cumbria.
1986 Solo Exhibition, Moments of Vision, The Priory Gatehouse Gallery, Cartmel, Cumbria.
1985 Solo Exhibition, Recent Work, Severn Studio, Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria.
1985 Group Exhibition, Selected Work, Priory Gatehouse Gallery, Cartmel, Cumbria.
1984 Group Show, Pictures of Mountain Scenery, The Alpine Club, London.
1984 Solo Exhibition, Lakeland Seasons, Windermere Steamboat Museum, Cumbria.
1983 Solo Exhibition, Impressions of Lakeland, Severn Studio, Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria.
Commissions The Lord Lloyd of Kilgerran. 'Best View in Britain' - Langdale Chase Hotel, Windermere, Cumbria. Collections Abbot Hall Art Gallery & Museum of Lakeland Life, Cumbria. The Grizedale Society, Cumbria. Ennerdale Productions Ltd. Private Collections - Lady MacGregor of MacGregor, David Shepherd CBE, FRSA, FGRA, OBE.