Well met - I'm Mairin-Taj.
My whole life I've been asked, 'what does that mean?, where did that name come from?' And I always explain my succinct version of the story.
Irish wisdom reminds us that we are always more willing to accept Truth when it is accompanied by Story, and this, I feel, is the pathos of the visual arts; to reintroduce truth to us through creative conviction.
I believe well-rounded experience in life creates a well-rounded artist. I've been the dancer, the wilderness guide, the student, the model muse, the tutor, the designer, the landscaper... All this and more. It always comes back to the art - the story within, waiting to be recalled to us anew.
And I believe beauty, as the poet John O'Donohue put it, is 'not a luxury, [but it] ennobles the heart and reminds us of the infinity that is within us.' To marry beauty with narrative and conduct that responsibly not only brings pleasure, but powerful therapy: communication, healing, inspiration, invention, resolution.
I earned my BFA in Illustration at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster, PA, mentored under award-winning fantasy illustrator Gary Lippincott, and worked with traditional painting master Ken Laager.
I work as a freelance artist, art model, a wilderness advocate and educator, and I fuel my work with my bond to the wild places of the world. Nature brings us back to ourselves, always.