About illumineArts

Artist Tanya SydneyTanya Sydney is an artist currently living and working in Northern California. She was born in Liege, Belgium in 1948. Tanya's heritage is Russian, French, and German, with a bit of Swedish, Polish, and Mongolian. With this varied background her outlook in life has always been very eclectic. When she was three, her family moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil where they lived until they decided to emigrate to America. In 1958 they settled in San Francisco.

At age twenty she became a stewardess with Pan American Airways and traveled the globe for the next three years. This exposure from an early age to different cultures, religions, & geography, gave her an appreciation and gratitude for the beauty, complexity and richness of this amazing world that we live in. She learned about the Hindu Pantheon of the many gods and goddesses (such as Ganesh, Lakshmi, Krishna, Saraswati, Hanuman, and Shiva) in India, about the Buddha and the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin in Japan and China, and about Tara and the Dalai Lama in Tibet.

While growing up she was frequently exposed to the beautiful spiritual art of Byzantine Orthodox Icons, as her grandfather was a Choir Master in several Orthodox churches. She learned at a very young age to appreciate and love the beautiful sacred images of the Christ, the Virgin Mary, Christian Saints, Angels, and the Archangels. The memory of the wafting aroma of beeswax, the soft flicker of candle-light before the images, the singing of the choir, the smell of Frankincense, and the soothing peace that she felt while gazing at the icons, inspired her in 1998, with the support and encouragement of her spiritual mentor and friend, Leslie Temple Thurston, to create Kuan Yin Unlimited, later to become Illumine Arts, LLC.

She eventually became a student of various religious traditions and philosophies, and came to love and appreciate the wonderful, rich, spiritual imagery of all the different paths, beliefs, cultures, and eras. Being very eclectic in her appreciation for the world's traditions, she began to apply various sacred art images to her line of greeting cards and prints.

Currently, Tanya's varied interests include the evolution of consciousness, ecology, quantum physics, cutting edge healing modalities, classical music, art, animals, and nature.

The Illumine Arts line of products was conceived and developed to reflect the beauty, serenity, joy, and healing power that timeless sacred images offer us. It is the artist's hope that the Illumine Arts product line of greeting cards and prints will be an inspiration and a comfort to people from all walks of life, and all parts of the globe.