b. 1973, Surrey
Mia Tarney was born in Surrey in 1973 and educated at The Heatherley School of Fine Art, London, where she obtained a diploma in portraiture and figurative painting. Mia has since moved from figurative painting towards still life and, in particular, floral and plant subjects. Drawn to the tremendous energy flowers embody, she is captivated by their ability to be both delicate and ethereal yet generating force and strength: "The variations of shape and colour are a wonder and each variety is a uniquely masterful design." Mia is meticulous in her approach of her study of subtle shades, contrasts, forms and spaces throughout. She aims to capture the essence of her subject and allows it complete ownership of the canvas. By enlarging the scale, the nature of the subject is intensified and thus depicts concentrated areas to reveal a wall of life. In this way, the subject becomes an arresting landscape to be absorbed and inspired by.