Born in Germany of Russian parents, Tania arrived in Australia in 1950. After growing up in Queensland and before becoming a full time artist, Tania spent 17 years working as a nurse and midwife - a profession which enabled her to work while travelling extensively. This well seasoned traveller has spent time in Canada, Switzerland, England and behind the Iron Curtain.

During 1987 Tania moved to the Far North of Queensland which she feels was an experience which helped her "really see colour for the first time" and her use of brilliant colour is undeniably one of the most well known features of her work.