Artist Bio

IMG_1947_2Tatiana Wyand (b. 1982, Houston, TX) is a fine artist who currently resides and works in Portland, OR. Her background in Psychology and Sociology—as well as spending the majority of her childhood living between Brazil and the United States— led to her fascination of how experiences influence perception, especially in relation to art. Her degree and experience in the fashion industry led to her love of color, line and textures. She works primarily with oil on canvas but sometimes works with acrylic, ceramics, fiber sculpture or photography as well.
Tatiana came to art later than most, but in doing so found her passion and path in life.

After graduating high school in 2000, she decided to get her BS in Psychology from Walla Walla University primarily because people and their stories fascinated her; she never intended on making psychology a career but felt the knowledge would serve her well in life. She spent the next several years trying to be practical and worked in accounting and office management while envying those with creative and artistic talent. Inching a little closer towards a creative profession, she moved to Los Angeles and received a Professional Designation degree in Merchandise Marketing from FIDM, Los Angeles and worked in the business side of the fashion industry for the next six years. Finally taking the leap towards her creative self in 2013, she enrolled in art classes at Pasadena City College. In her time at PCC, she received several merit based awards and scholarships. She was awarded the prestigious Pasadena Fine Arts Club Visual Arts Scholarship after being nominated by one of her painting instructors. She has been in numerous shows in the Pasadena City College Art Gallery including a solo show of her charcoal nudes and a group show including two esteemed artists and professors.

So many amazing artists have inspired her work: Helen Frankenthaler, Gerhard Richter, Robert Ryman, Mark Rothko, Georgia O’Keeffe, Clyfford Still, Patricia Larsen, Ad Reinhardt and Peter Shelton to just name a few.

Tatiana’s oil paintings are abstract action paintings and are done primarily with palette knives. Each choice of paint color or stroke of her palette knife influences the next choice or gesture, driven by intuition and emotion until the work feels complete.