“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
Her artistic journey started when she was 5 years old. Every Saturday morning, she would hunker down on her living room floor pull out her drawing tools of colored pencils and chalk pastels to draw along with her favorite inspirational artist on T.V. Bob Ross. Talia would always explain to her parents how she created “happy trees'' and beautiful nature scenes with Bob Ross.
In The Garden was inspired by my fist cat Angelus. When he was a kitten I would take him on a lead in my backyard and let him explore the jungle of plants in the summer. Many times I would take snapshots of his journey. A Kitten exploring is like watching a panther prowl; sleet, poise, cautious, attentive, and curious.
Her parents after time noticed her enjoyment and talent drawing along with her inspirational idol and enrolled her in Saturday morning art classes. During these lessons Talia would learn how to work with charcoal, chalk pastels, and oil paint recreating compositions of still lives, seascapes, and landscape. Eventual recreating animals.
Crusin The Reef
Crusin The Reef was a challenge I gave myself to create a scene of a sea turtle crusin the reef with other ocean life. I gathered some reference images of reef creatures and plants for inspiration with my scene. This painting is special! When I was painting this I was teaching my students remotely due to the pandemic. With each art class we had they were so excited to see my progression. Their enthusiasm encouraged me to paint more and take my own personal creative risks to share my works.
Through her youth Talia continued her journey developing her style and took many art courses well into High School. Talia then chose to embark on her journey of pursuing Art School at Maryland College of Art & Design. After earning her Associates in Fine Arts Talia transferred to Montserrat College of Art in Beverly Massachusetts to earn her Bachelor in Fine Arts as a painter.
“I enjoy manipulating my oil paints to recreate the moments the memory took place.”
Upon graduating from Montserrat College of Art in 2002, Talia followed one of her passions for education and took a career in Early Childhood Education as a Preschool Teacher and Aftercare Teacher, as well as taught several Youth Art Programs in Montgomery County, Maryland. This career path allowed her to incorporate the arts in her everyday life and in her students' lives. In 2018 Talia followed her dream of teaching Art full time at a STEM based Gifted & Talented Private School in Potomac Md.
“My mentor taught me to work as a traditional artist, developing my observational drawing and painting skills.”