Talia was born in outback NSW near the Warrumbungle Mountains, and has always had an affinity for the Australian wilderness.
Studying psychology, social work and anthropology at Sydney University – a hot-bed of activism in the sixties – led to her first series of social commentary artworks, undertaken while studying Fine Arts (Printmaking) in Michigan, USA in the seventies.
A love of vibrant colour meant a switch to watermedia painting and a large-scale flora series for which she won many prizes in America and Australia when she moved back in 1986. Talia has many artworks in public, private and corporate collections on both continents.
With son, daughter and campervan she explored, photographed and painted Australia’s wilderness before settling on the WA Goldfields and painting historical mining scenes.
In a way, Talia has come full circle as an artist – from painting wild areas in watercolour as a child, through many diversions – into social work, social commentary art, and large-scale flora works to brighten chilly American winters – and back again to her enduring passion – the Australian wilderness.
Based in Adelaide since 2000, Talia became a fellow of the RSASA in 2012, and is currently painting an ‘Australian flora in wilderness’ series, with accompanying book.