Tanja was born in Port Moresby, PNG in 1968 and lived there for her first sixteen years. Her parents initially went for a year for the diving and the islands but ended up staying for twenty one years! Tanja developed a great love for the ocean, the fluidity and the blue hues. Their weekends were spent on or under the ocean. Every holiday was spent on the boat at one or the many islands. Most of her artwork reflect these colours. Her father worked for the national airline and they travelled the world. In 1984 they moved to City Beach in Perth, West Australia and later, to the then, sleepy coastal town of Mandurah which is now a vibrant city surrounded by estuaries and the ocean. Tanja is a wife and mother of two beautiful children and spends her spare time painting in her studio.