Artist profile: Taiya Barss
I was born in Boston, graduated from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. But I have lived in Nova Scotia longer than anywhere else, my grandfather was from Dartmouth, Barss cousins surround me, and my younger son was born in Cape Breton. So Nova Scotia is home, and I am not a total "come from away".
I majored in print-making, but after graduation,lacking a lithographic press, I started painting,and have continued ever since.
I paint in acrylic, oil, mixed media,and collage, drawing my subject matter largely from the natural surroundings that interest me...the magic of an emerging dragonfly, an amminoid fossil formed in rock, bathed in daylight for the first time in millions of years, the natural progression from beginning to end,from blossom to pear to core.
I am currently enjoying working on a show of humorous art, which will open November 7th at the Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing in Dartmouth.