Tannya is a Sydney based Illustrator and Artist. She has illustrated picture books, Dingo by Claire Saxby and Mallee Sky by Jodi Toering for the Walker Books list. Dingo was joint winner of the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature at the NSW Premier’s Literary Award (2019); won the Royal Zoological Society of NSW’s Whitley Award (2018); and was shortlisted in 2019 for the CBCA New Illustrator Award, and Best Picture Book in the Educational Publishing Awards. Mallee Sky is shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2020 (Children’s Literature Award). Kookaburra, written by Claire Saxby is the third and latest book Tannya has illustrated – released June 2020.
Tannya’s art practice is based in painting and and her oil paintings, for which she has been awarded the Waverley and Hornsby Art Prizes, have been exhibited in Sydney, New Zealand and Florence. She has also been a finalist in many prominent Australian art awards.
For her engaging presentations to school groups large or small she has visual aids such as a slideshow, live drawing and some original artworks from the books to show. She can incorporate a fun drawing exercise for all the students or can facilitate an art workshop on request.
For Primary age students Tannya’s interactive presentations aim to inspire all children to explore drawing to express their own stories and ideas. She references history, geography, our imaginations and revealing the processes involved in creating illustration.
For Highschool students her presentations also explain the general design processes of concepting, gathering reference and editing. She can also customise talks for art elective students based on her visual art practice and provide mentoring for students developing their HSC projects.