Born in Westminster, CA, to a homeless, single mother, Tanya Kinney was introduced to art in her formative years, beginning with “the rabbit”. Her grandmothers, Jessica Saenz and June Nichols nurtured Tanya in her love for art and advocacy.
Recently, Tanya devoted her time to finish a series of abstract work honoring and advocating for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Female Veterans in Central Texas gifted the paint for the Veteran series, including the paper, which is made from the uniform of a female combat Veteran who served in Iraq.
Her work has been described as "pure and from the heart", “charmingly dark”, “violent” and “emotional”. Kinney presents the viewer with an opportunity to interpret her paintings by creating intense personal moments formalizing the coincidental and emphasizing the conscious process of composition. Tanya currently works at Art on 12 in Wimberley, Texas.
Tanya Kinney is a mother of 5 and married to retired MSgt Thomas Kinney who served 26 years in the United States Marine Corps, including embassy duty in Africa and Denmark. Veterans and their families have had an enormous impact on Tanya's life. The support, leadership and camaraderie that she has received from her own Veteran family and friends have made an enormous, positive impact on her life for more than 20 years. Tanya carries with her their stories, those of their families and those who care for and support them.
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