Tannis has been painting as long as she can remember. Growing up in Montreal, she started her fine art education early at the Musée de Beaux Arts, followed later by the Dawson College Arts Plastiques program and a year at Concordia University. She then continued her fine art studies at the Ontario College of art where she also studied art direction and graphic design. This led to a career in design and advertising in Toronto and Vancouver. But her heart has always been in her painting, which she knew she would eventually find time to return to.
Tannis now combines this love of painting with an equally strong passion for food culture and cuisine, another thriving creative outlet for her. She is visually exploring and creating a series of pieces that revel in a love for food imagery of all kinds, local and global. From simple street side tortilla makers, plates of rustic Barcelona tapas, famous smoked meat sandwiches of Schwartz’s deli, and local bakery tarts to the colourful displays of market stalls the world over, she works from her own gastronomic experiences, travels, observations and photos. Food as art so to speak.
Tannis’s preferred medium is oil and she works in an impressionistic style. She also likes to explore gouache and collage with more graphic compositions.