Create! Magazine is pleased to share the work of Tanya Marie Reeves. Reeves is a 40-something single mom of two now grown, a self-taught professional artist, born, raised, residing, and creating, in charge of her own business in her hometown of Broken Hill, Australia. She is absolutely still learning, growing, and changing, living and loving life on purpose every day.

Artist Statement

I love the sensual curves of the female form, the striking boldness of saturated acrylics, the splendor of intense brilliant block color, and striking contrast; this is where my artwork as an adult began over 25 years ago. And while the basis of my unique style has remained, over time, what began predominantly as an aesthetic art, has become something else entirely.

Ultimately, through my own life struggles and experiences during my early thirties, I had begun to learn about what can be hidden deep inside oneself; the strength and determination which arose from within me which I had never even known existed, became my driving force, in both my life and my art.

And so, I create empowering paintings of women. I take a woman's inner strength and I bring it bolstering to the surface, choreographed with passion, heightening her physical prowess, celebrating her diversity, reveling in her beauty and sexuality, revealing her sensuality, secrets, and mystery. And most significantly, saluting her confidence, heart, and spirited strength of character.

My technique predominantly consists of strikingly acute lines, bold, unyielding saturated color, and (in more recent years) the stimulating divergence and texture of mixed media and textile appliqué. I am admired particularly for my precision, meticulous sense of order, and exceptional print-like quality.