Having painted professionally for 15years, Tanya has drawn the figure all her life. Beginning with comic books and ebony magazines; her interest in portrait is present in much of her work.. Painter Juliette Aristides remarked the warm sensibility experience when viewing her portraits. Influenced my 19th Century Masters; she focuses her painting style on classical realism. Having a respect for cultural traditions of story telling, her paintings are thinly painted describing the temporal nature of life. Drawing the brightly colored layouts of Ebony magazines as a child, lends itself to the graphic and compositionally conscious look of many pieces.
She has trained at Delaware College of Art and design and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where curriculum centered on the human figure. This period of time enriched her knowledge of traditional methods of painting and appreciation of many styles. Tanya is licensed as a CADC with a master’s degree in mental health counseling. Working in human services and corrections since 22 has strengthened her concern for the issues such as choices, peace and redemption. The subjects of her work illustrate metaphors for scriptural verses reflecting her faith.
Over the last ten years, she has taught art workshops with Delaware Tech, Camelot, leach Elementary, and various correctional environments. Tanya has also worked as a mixed media instructor in prisons and juvenile programs. A strong advocate for the arts in prison population, Ms. Bracey has developed and facilitated several art sessions serving different levels of security facilities.