After many years working as a designer, Tanja left the corporate world to pursue her dream of illustrating children’s books. In 2003, she started her own Illustration & Design business . Even though she holds a degree in Animation, which focuses on making things move, her passions are background design and layout – a mostly static aspect of the field – with Illustration being the place that she feel most comfortable. Traditional mediums such as acrylics, acrylic gouache, watercolor as well as pen and ink are Tanja’s favorite, but she also loves the freedom that digital tools, such as Photoshop, provide.
Tanja has illustrated three picture books including THE ADVENTURES OF SALT AND SOAP AT GRAND CANYON, published by the Grand Canyon Association, and THE PARK OUR TOWN BUILT, published by Raven Tree Press. She also illustrated the “Wright on Time” chapter book series published by DO LIFE RIGHT, Inc. Her books have won a variety of awards including the Bronze Medal for the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, the 2010 Arizona Book Awards and the 2008 and 2010 Annual International Latino Book Awards.
In addition to design and illustration projects varying from character studies, book illustrations, greeting cards and marketing collateral, Tanja has also created numerous book jackets ranging from children’s titles to adult fiction and nonfiction. She won the 2008 Glyph Award by the Arizona Book Publishing Association for Best Cover Design for the picture book THE STUDENT FROM ZOMBIE ISLAND, published by Little Five Star.
Tanja’s current focus is to write and illustrate her own stories. Many of her stories find root in her childhood.