“I think of creating art as visual story telling. The story may be anything from the beauty of late afternoon sunlight falling on autumn foliage, to the sweetness of a baby's smile or maybe the mystery behind a still life. The best art draws the viewer into the story and makes a personal connection with them - triggering a memory, a feeling or an emotion. I create art with that connection as my goal. It is a challenge, using only the artist's tools of color, composition, technique and content to make that connection. But when you do - that is what makes it all worth doing.”
Originally from Oklahoma, Tanja Ware currently resides with her husband in Missouri. After a 23 year career as a commercial illustrator/graphic designer, Ware chose to concentrate on fine art. Creating fine art requires a different set of skills thanthose used in commercial illustration. While acquiring those skills, Ware co-founded a local art association in 2001. This association has grown to over 80 members and maintains a co-operative gallery. The current gallery is a beautifully renovated space that not only houses the art, but in which art shows, meetings and classes are held. Ware teaches many of those classes.
As an artist, Ware loves variety. Hence, she creates landscapes, portraits, still life pieces and close focus florals in oil, pastel, watercolor or acrylic. She often chooses the genres of wildlife, Western or Native American art.