Colorado based artist, Tania Rouser, has been a self taught painter since 2003. Originally a teacher of English as a second language and a translator, art was Tania’s hobby and passion. She discovered healing powers in art after a life altering biking accident that left her paralyzed in 2006. This near death experience helped Tania to redefine her spirituality, come to Christian faith, and rediscover her love for painting. In 2008, she started teaching art and soon became a full time artist.
Tania’s move from Ukraine to Colorado in 2020 allowed her to explore the breathtaking beauty of the High Rockies and extend the range of her talent even further. Her landscape paintings showcase Colorado’s mountain passes and iconic views recognized by locals. Her use of story telling helps the viewer to identify with the artwork and the artist.
The mountains are calling and I must go, and I will work on while I can, studying incessantly.
Subject Matter and Painting Process
I want to paint every time I see something beautiful, like an interesting combination of colors, a captivating contrast, or a subtle harmony. Most often this visual interest is sparkled by animals, flowers, and of course by landscapes. And my all time favorite landscapes are mountains, with their dominant shapes, epic depth and height, enhanced by dramatic light.
I paint from the top down. First the sky, then the mountains, then the water, the houses, and then the people. I look for interesting shapes, contrasts, colors, and when I find them, I start painting. At this point I forget about everything. The only thing on my mind is what captured my attention. And when I can recognize it on the canvas, I know my painting is complete.
Being a philologist, I compare language to visual art. I think visually, and I communicate my ideas and emotions through painting. People started doing this in prehistoric cave paintings, and the same happens today on social media, when people communicate by exchanging images often without words. I hope my viewers can see my love message to the beauty in my paintings.
My aesthetic vision started to form at the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology in the University. Along with numerous linguistic courses, I studied history and philosophy of art, culture, aesthetics, and other disciplines which now form the grammar of my visual language.
When I am in a museum of art, I spend most of my time around High Renaissance, Dutch art of the Golden Age, and the 19th century impressionists. This explains my individual style, which balances between ruggedness and sublimity. I constantly learn and try different painting techniques, types of brushwork, and how I can improve my art and make it more archival. My paintings are the reflection of my personality and my desire to study the visual world. Working primarily in oil and acrylic paints, I have extensive knowledge on how to make artworks that have excellent archival qualities.
I have diverse experience and success in arts management, marketing, events coordination, art teaching and art making. Having participated in organizing exhibits, art shows, concerts, and art events—I strive to promote greater understanding, and appreciation of arts, and culture among people with different abilities.
Fine Artist, Self-employed; 2003-Present
I am a self taught artist, crafter, art teacher, and artist coach. Starting from 2005, I have participated in exhibitions, plein airs, art events, seminars, and workshops. I currently use social media marketing to develop my art business, and I engage in other art related activities online and offline. I participated in Republican exhibition “Maliovnycha Ukraina” / “Picturesque Ukraine” in Mykolaiv, Ukraine in 2005.
Artist Coach, Art Studio Co-Founder and Director, Art4You Studio; Lutsk, Ukraine — 2016-2020
This work involved art studio administrative work, non-profit management, fundraising, and social media marketing. I also organized exhibitions, auctions, workshops, seminars, and art classes for groups of students with different abilities. Additionally, I provided consultation to freelance painters, artists, and crafters. Finally, I produced art video tutorials. In 2016, I and two of my friends who have children with disabilities created the Art4You studio. Together with four other people whose lives are affected by a disability, we turned the studio into a non governmental organization Art4You in 2019. We helped painters with different abilities to develop their art careers and build their art business endeavors.
Event Coordinator, Various Groups & Organizations; 2010-2020
– Organized exhibitions of art made by students and teachers of the Art4You studio (2016-2020)
– Held art and painting workshops, master classes, plein airs, and seminars (2015-2020)
– Coordinated “Open Hearts 2016” concert, exhibition, and charity auction of art made by people with disabilities on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (12.03.1016)
– Responsible for design, decor, installations, and art program at summer camps for people with disabilities (2014-2019)
– Participated in the charity fundraising project “Other Children” in cooperation with Lutsk city artisans, photographers, activists, and volunteers. Organized concerts, exhibitions, and auctions for orphaned children from Lutsk Children’s Home (2010-2013)
Art Teacher, Self-employed; Lutsk, Ukraine — 2008-2016
I started giving private art lessons at my home studio, until I rented a studio and started working there with other like minded creatives, designers, and artists. I began my teaching career as a teacher of English, and after a life altering event in 2006, when I became permanently disabled, I switched to fine art.
Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University, Lutsk, Ukraine — Master’s Degree, 1997 – 2002
I studied at the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology, (majoring in English language and literature), and acquired the qualification of philologist, teacher of English language and literature and French language.
Lundheim Folkehøgskole, Moi, Norway — Certificate of Completion, 2012 – 2013
I majored in Sport and Media, with emphasis on media production: video production, interview, video editing, Youtube, podcast, blogging, photography.
Numerous workshops, seminars and education in all aspects of art business and administration.