Columbia-based artist Powers Tanis has been painting since she was in elementary school. Growing up with landscape artist Miriam Mays, known to Powers as “Nanny,” she spent her summers in Maine painting the blueberry fields and rocky coasts and her winters in the Lowcountry of South Carolina taking in the colors of the marsh and creeks. As a visual arts major in college with a focus on landscape painting, Powers honed her technique and developed her brush strokes and color palette.
A wife, mother and full-time marketing professional, Powers spends her nights and weekends diving into her paint palette. She leans towards abstract paintings in oil and acrylic, reveling in bursts of bright color and loosely created still lifes, landscapes and florals. With the sounds of Lauren Daigle, The Rolling Stones and Andra Day blaring, Powers gets lost in her paintings, using it as a time of grace, growth and healing.
She also enjoys running, being outdoors and evenings on the porch with a glass of wine and her friends.