Taiya Barss studied biology at Antioch College, then transferred to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where she graduated majoring in graphic arts, specializing in lithography.
Her father, William Barss, was a painter and illustrator, so painting seemed a natural activity for her starting in childhood.
She has had exhibitions in Cape Breton, where she lived for twenty-five years; Halifax, where she lives now; and Massachusetts, where she still maintains connections.
My inspiration comes from a number of directions – a particular idea or phrase that grabs my attention and won’t let go, the strong shape of a rock crookedly divided by a dark crack, or the beauty of a tiny hummingbird that flashes across my line of vision.
I paint with watercolour, oil and acrylic, using acrylic more and more as I become accustomed to its qualities.
I use canvas, but prefer the solid feel of wood, and also paint on furniture. I have a house full of chairs, each seat covered with a painting. When painting stops being satisfying and fun for me, I will stop.