Tanya was selected as the winner of the Elements Stone Carving competition with her carving of the Train which acts a reminder of the railway track that used to run from Green Park to the South West.
As the daughter of an engineer I always knew I wanted to work with my hands, I trained as a mechanic on cars, aircraft and motorcycles and then worked with hire equipment, from drills to diggers.
I began carving stone under the tuition of Jamie Vans; he encouraged me to go to college to develop my technique. Improved technical skills have enabled me to produce works as I envisage them.
Two years into the three year course I took the stonemasonry technicians job at the college and I now work full time in the stonemasonry department. I spend any spare time I can creating my own works of art at my studio.
I primarily work in stone but enjoy putting other materials in conjunction with stone.
I currently have two pieces of work on display at the
International Peace Arch Park, Washington, USA until October. (www.peacearchpark.org)
I have also been heavily involved, both as an organizer and as an artist, in the successful 2013 Bristol Festival of Stone, which was held on the harbourside this year. (www.festivalofstone.com)
I enjoy conservation work and volunteer at the prestigious Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust in Bristol and also act as conservation advisor to the trust that are conserving St Margaret’s Church, an 18th century English Heritage listed church in Lincolnshire.
I was able to get copies of many images and background stories about the site’s long and varied history from the Bath at Work Museum, Bath Records Office and the Canal and River Trust in Gloucester.