September 25, 2023


How Art Works

Featured Artist Tan-Yah Jackson | Artsy Shark

4 min read

Painter Tan-Yah Jackson shares her artist journey and presents a set of vivid landscapes. See extra of her portfolio on her website.


Colorful sunrise painting

“Awaken the Daybreak” acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 30″ x 24″


I’m a panorama artist with a studio in Oklahoma. I used to be born and raised in South Africa and moved to america in 2015.


Colorful forest landscape

“Dancing Mild” acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 24″ x 30″


I accomplished my research in Advantageous Artwork in 2000. My third yr of research was particularly vital and led me to base my physique of labor upon the idea of identification and the numerous layers of life given to us by previous experiences. I explored how household dynamics affect who we’re and the way we mirror this again to the world. However after we draw back from these taught household ideas and grow to be our personal particular person, we’re then capable of create our personal identification.


Sunset landscape painting

“Covenant Echo” acrylic and oil on canvas, 20″ x 16″


This idea that completely different layers make up human identification adopted me all through my life and into my artwork. Identification is commonly not about what we have to find out about ourselves, however fairly what we should unlearn.


Dramatic sunset painting

“Dazzling Darkness” acrylic and oil on canvas, 20″ x 16″


In life, folks are inclined to eliminate the layers that aren’t actually who they’re. In artwork, we cowl over the layers that don’t match and pull out the areas that do work. My artwork consists of many layers of shade, textures, splashes, and paint strokes. Immersing myself in every layer of paint, I uncover a brand new a part of who I’m.


Light-filled forest landscape painting

“Dripping Mild” acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 30″


Some layers I paint and dislike. I have to push by these layers, and work on them till I uncover the sweetness within the layers that don’t appear to suit. As I dive deeper, I attain a second of enlightenment, realizing the place the paintings leads me, the trail of readability. Engaged on it till all of it kinds a cohesive portray.


Abstract landscape painting

“Inside Out” acrylic and oil on canvas, 60″ x 48″


A few years in the past, I found that my lack of knowledge triggered me to create from a false perception. My artwork stopped being about my journey, experiences, and life encounters and have become about what would promote, who would really like it, or who would purchase it.


abstract painting

“Distinction in Gold No. 1″ oil on canvas, 24″ x 12”


If my goal is to create paintings that folks will like, I’m in essence denying myself. If I create solely to promote, my artwork could have no life and the sound of the canvas might be like an untuned orchestra. As a result of how do I actually know one other particular person or create from their actuality? So, I ended realizing myself whereas nonetheless creating artwork. I had little or no success, producing artwork from a spot of efficiency, lack, and insecurity.


Vibrant sunset painting

“Glory Over the Water” acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 36″ x 36″


As soon as I grew to become conscious of this reality, my artwork began shifting and I loved the method of making once more. My paintings instructed my story and I owned my voice as an artistthe nice, the unhealthy, the appropriate, the mistaken, the errors, in addition to one of the best selections. Daily has grow to be a discovery inside me and my artwork.


vibrant sunset painting

“Many Voices Over the Waters” acrylic and oil on canvas, 20″ x 16″


Some elements of who I’m is recognizable such because the landscapes I paint. Different elements of me might be hid, in the identical approach because the dreamscapesall various, mysterious, and multi-faceted, like me.


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