2017 Poster Artist: Tanya Dischler

AN ESTABLISHED ARTIST from South Louisiana, Tanya Firmin Dischler, originally from Franklin, now resides in Mandeville. She studied at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Louisiana Tech University and various artist workshops throughout the United States, Mexico, France and Indonesia.

Dischler has a unique way of expressing her interest in nature. Her subjects include animals, birds, fish, frogs, the flora and fauna of South Louisiana, and anything else that imposes itself on her imagination. With her ability to depict these everyday subject matters intertwined with interesting background shapes and patterns, her paintings are not as simple as one would assume. She has considerable facility with technique and imagery, and has a unique way of expressing her love of nature in all of her vivid paintings. The fresh approach in the use of colors skillfully applied to each of her paintings gives her compositions the unique feeling of “coming to life.” Dischler’s paintings are mysterious and intensely bright acrylics that possess the visual and visceral impact of abstraction, while the main subject matter of each painting remains easily recognizable.

She has participated and won in local, national and international exhibits. Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States, France, England and Australia. Currently, she has a solo exhibit hanging in the gallery at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. Her series, “Burning Cane,” was featured in a book titled, Expressions of Place: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape, by John R. Kemp. It features 37 artists from across the state. Each artist tells their story about their relationship with the landscape. Kemp wrote about her again in Louisiana Life Magazine in an article called, “Memories of a Burning Landscape.”

Dischler has had the distinct honor of being invited to showcase paintings in the governor’s mansion in Baton Rouge. Her painting, “Louisiana Phoenix,” was selected by the St. Tammany West Chamber to be featured on its new guide and membership directory. Dischler’s work was published on the cover of The Journal Of the American Veterinary Medical Association in honor of an award received at LSU “Animals In Art” Exhibit.

Her work has also been published in Art Business News, American Artist Magazine, Watercolor Magazine, Inside Northside Magazine, Women in Business as well as several other publications. She has participated in The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and numerous other festivals in the Southeast. Dischler teaches fun, creative workshops in her studio, Beyond the Bayou, located in Old Mandeville.

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