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"Art has always
played a part
throughout my
life and I suspect,
that it always will. "


Tarja Barton, Illustrator / Graphic Designer

I was born in Tampere, Finland, moved to Canada in 1979 and settled in the Niagara Region. Since childhood, I have always loved drawing and painting.

In 1996, I graduated from the Technical and Scientific Illustration program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and more recently, I studied Botanical Illustration at Cornell University. The Sheridan course covered a wide variety of disciplines including, Technical and Interpretive Illustration, Architectural Illustration, Package Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Life Drawing, Object Drawing, Painting and Airbrushing. Since graduating from Sheridan, I have worked as a freelance illustrator as well as a full-time graphic designer for newspapers and advertising agencies. My work experience includes the creation of detailed technical illustrations, maps, botanical and bird illustrations, brochures, business cards, ads, annual reports, catalogues and magazine layouts.

I am a professional graphic designer and illustrator experienced in digital and traditional techniques for design, drawing and painting. I believe that constant learning in visual communication is a must, which is why I spend time experimenting with watercolours, photography and web design. For the past several years I have participated, among 31,563 artists from over 135 countries around the world in The Sketchbook Project organized by The Brooklyn Art Library.

Currently, I am working on a series of botanical and bird illustrations which I will be adding to my online portfolio once complete. To follow my creative work please join me on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Inkberry Studio is available for graphic design and illustration work. To book a meeting, to commission an illustration, request samples or inquire about giclée prints, contact the artist.