bio & artist's statement


Tia McLennan was born and raised in Vancouver, and also in Courtenay B.C. In the past six years Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast has been her home. Tia began studying art in highschool and went on to complete a BFA through both Capilano University and the Nova Scotia College of art and Design. In 2011 she completed her MFA at UBC Okanagan in both visual art and poetry.She now resides in St. John's where she continues to produce visual work and write.

Artist Statement

My approach to art has several points of entry; from more traditional landscapes to abstract worlds and 'environments' that riff on natural forms and explore tensions and relations between micro and macroscopic worlds, from realistic portraiture to the strange creatures and oddities found in my sketchbook. I'm equally intrigued by the practice of "seeing" and recording aspects of the world around me as I am with working from a photo that captures a strange or disquieting moment in time. I'm attracted to work that surprises and unsettles, while inviting and drawing you in.