Tanja Bos has lived in Washington, DC since 1989, but is originally from the Netherlands. She received her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and has an MFA from the University of the Arts. Tanja was surrounded by art when growing up in Europe, influenced by her mother who is a painter and sculptor and still resides in the Netherlands. She grew up watching her mother work, often spending countless hours in the studio with her. Tanja has her studio in Washington, DC, in the Dupont Circle area.
“I imagine unfocused images in my mind as I have once envisioned or dreamed an experience. It is not my goal to achieve realism in my work, but to seek an expression of that which is yet to be discovered. I find nature awe inspiring, forever a narrative that speaks to me. I am inspired by my travels in Europe and think often of the passing views of the beautiful scenery. I strive to achieve a mood, a calm perception of a captured moment, and play between abstraction and a more defined visual. I use an intensely rich and dramatic color palette to evoke the dreamlike qualities that will draw in the viewer to seek their own relationship. I use oil paints on canvas or oil on wood, using gesso and sometimes wax. I like to expose the wood in a few of the paintings to accentuate the use of the material and its link to nature. I get the desired textured effect in my paintings by scraping, rubbing, diluting or enhancing the density of the paint.”