Artist Profile: Tjasa Owen
We are so excited to welcome the works of artist and friend Tjasa Owen. Her seascapes evoke memories of summers past. A favorite day on the water, an unforgettable vacation, a walk on the beach spent contemplating life’s many mysteries.
A selection of Tjasa’s work is now available at Design Works. We welcome you to stop in and experience her transformative powers for yourself. Read on to learn more about Tjasa and to view some of her work.
Tjasa (pronounced Tee-asha) Owen’s work is inspired by her international travels, her love for coastal and inland landscapes and by her colourful sketchbooks and written correspondence. Having grown up by the Atlantic seashore, she is drawn to the ever changing skies and coastal scenes. Rather than representing a specific place, Tjasa is interested in creating views that feel shared and remembered, as though torn from the pages of a scrapbook. She sometimes writes postscripts and incomplete phrases from her journals or sketchbooks on the canvas, to imbue these new places with a sense of time and history. She likens her process to conjuring a landscape postcard in her head and reproducing it on canvas. By adding a thought in words on the bottom of the canvas and sometimes an ink stamp, she is sending it back into the world. By making paintings that feel like correspondence, Tjasa invites viewers to invent their own stories about the places she creates in her work.