Tucked away in a tranquil, shaded corner near one of the town’s churches, Tannis’s wall stood as a hidden gem. Once serving as a fish holding tank and food shop, it seemed fitting that her artistic creation would be a jubilant tribute to Sicilian cuisine. Before arriving in Graniti, Tannis made a detour to Palermo and Catania, immersing herself in the vibrant food markets to truly grasp the essence of her subject.
Her choice was a traditional Sicilian cart, intricately adorned and pulled by a spirited horse, akin to a “Pandora’s box.” From this enchanting creation, a cornucopia of local treasures emerged—a delightful abundance of produce, cheeses, animals, nuts, breads, sweets, and, of course, the freshest catch from the sea.
The heartfelt appreciation from the family who owned the building touched Tannis deeply, their gratitude shining through in their thoughtful and generous gestures. As her artwork breathed life into the once-abandoned space, it became a testament to the rich cultural heritage and gastronomic delights that Sicily had to offer.
Tannis is an expressive, figurative painter working in oil, acrylic, and gouache. She explores familiar yet curious narratives in her artwork. Her passion for art was nurtured from a young age by her artist Father. Growing up in the vibrant cultural atmosphere of Montreal, Tannis pursued her studies in Fine Art and Applied Arts, both in Montreal and Toronto. She graduated with a fifth-year fellowship from the Ontario College of Art.
Currently, Tannis works in her studio at 1000 Parker Street and actively participates in the annual Eastside Culture Crawl and Parker Art Salon. As a founding member of the art collective “13 feet off the ground” and an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and Thrive Art Studio, she remains deeply engaged in the artistic community. Tannis has also embarked on art residencies in Sicily and Mexico, enriching her creative journey.
Her artwork has been exhibited in various galleries and venues throughout greater Vancouver, and she has garnered a significant presence in private collections across Canada, the US, and Europe.
Tannis’s artistic vision aims to emotionally connect with people, fostering personal exchanges that resonate deeply. Through her art, she expresses a profound love for life, heartfelt connections, and the sensory experiences that make life truly remarkable. Her hope is to touch kindred spirits, warm hearts, and awaken curiosity.
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