Tanya Napier is a San Francisco-based artist who started off painting watercolors of antique stuffed animals (they are very patient sitters). Over the years she has enjoyed experimenting with acrylics, gouache, watercolor, and finally, her favorite medium, oils. She describes her art style as soulful, expressive, whimsical, and naïve. Each painting is more than a representation. Rather it tells a story but one that is open to interpretation. Tanya’s art speaks equally to children and adults. Some paintings, particularly her animal portraits, convey a sense of sweetness and innocence, a magical feeling that anything might happen. Others have a wry twist to them, an element of wordplay, or perhaps a sense of uncertainty or mystery that inspires contemplation.
In addition to selling her original artwork and prints on Etsy, Tanya participates in local art fairs including Art Walk SF, Castro Street Art Mart, and the Valencia Street Art Corridor fair. Her work has been featured in Emily A. Clark’s acclaimed design blog where her painting of a Steiff lamb appeared in a section called “10 Things I’m Loving on Etsy.” Tanya shares her studio with her absurdly talented daughter as well as her scruffy terrier (and model). She also gets lots of visits from her inquiring husband who can always sniff out a fresh painting!
All of Tanya’s art prints are printed on acid-free, museum-quality exhibition paper using Epson archival inks for color permanence.