Art Symphony by Tanja Ackerman

Tanja Ackerman, I Love Bello Shire, Artist, Bellingen

“I see music. When I hear music, bird song etc, I literally see moving colours, patterns and textures in my visual field. I have been seeing sound for as long as I can remember.”  Tanja Ackerman’s upcoming exhibition “Art Symphony” is a series of works portraying ‘Synaesthesia’, a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.

Art Symphony, Tanja Ackerman, I Love Bello Shire, Bellingen

Im Abendrot At Sunset

What brought you to the Bellingen Shire Tanja?
The vibrant art and music scene and natural beauty drew me to Bellingen in my early 20’s. Attending the Global Music Festival being a highlight. As a result of numerous trips each year to Bellingen from the Northern Beaches of Sydney we decided to buy a property. A great decision as we now spend at least two weekends a month living in Bellingen and have done so for over 20 years now.

Has living in the Bellingen Shire influenced your work?
Absolutely, as a part-time local living in Bellingen for 20 years I have had a long love affair with one of the most beautiful places in the world. I have travelled and hiked extensively and Bellingen remains a favourite place. Solitude is powerful and essential for my creative process and the abundant natural environment of Bellingen and its surrounds allows me to walk, explore and create surrounded by nature.

How did you become involved in the arts initially?
Art has been a large part of my life since I was a child. Drawing as young girl, art as a subject in high school and discovering the beginning of my own style of painting when I was an adolescent. I am now 48 and have been involved in numerous exhibitions.

Was there life before your art?
Art and creativity is the fabric of my being. I have always been creative. Expressing myself through my art, music, writing, photography and composition. There is no before for me as creativity is a part of who and how I am. I lead a rich, full, active life. Never a dull moment.

How would you describe your style/ approach to your subject matter?
Being a multi-media artist I have a variety of styles. Fundamentally my style draws upon my unique way of viewing the world. I am extremely sensitive. This sensitivity allows me to translate what I see, hear, feel in a deep creative way through my work. I am highly attuned to my environment, in particular; nature, music, dadirri (indigenous concept of deep listening) and my inner world.

What is your favourite medium?
I do not have a long term favourite as I work in a variety of mediums. I predominantly paint with acrylics and some oils. I am passionate about drawing in pen, ink and charcoal which I find calming and meditative. I carry a camera with me most of the time and love macro, landscape and expressionistic photography. I often use emotions, themes and my own poetry to create unique photographs and series of work.

Has anyone or anything really influenced your style?
Music. Sound. Patterns in nature. The complexity, colour, movement, texture and sounds of nature. Haiku. Pain. I have overcome challenges and this has come through in my work as a means of expression, developing compassion and allowing me to let go.

Art Symphony, Tanja Ackerman, I Love Bello Shire, Bellingen

Eroica Beethoven

Which artist’s works do you admire the most?
I love Frida Khalo. She overcame extraordinary circumstances through painting.

Have you got any other exciting projects on the horizon?
Always working on a project. I am currently working on a collection of drawings which are meditative, detailed pen and ink Mandalas. Secondly a stunning set of photographs entitled “Miksang I” which is Tibetan for seeing with a good eye. I look forward to exhibiting both these bodies of work soon.


“Art Symphony” is a series of colourful, patterned, detailed works of Acrylic on Canvas.  The exhibition opens at The Little Red Kitchen in Bellingen on Sunday 12th February, 2.30- 4.30 pm. A wide genre of music has been portrayed including: Pink Floyd, Beethoven, Pearl Jam, Bob Marley, Thomas Tallis, Led Zeppelin and many more. Come and SEE the music.

Art Symphony, Tanja Ackerman, I Love Bello Shire, Bellingen

Shine on You Crazy Diamond- Pink Floyd



  • Petrea King says:

    I love Tanja’s work! Her use of color and movement is uplifting and her meditative works are incredibly detailed and lead you into the quiet. Her talent is a reflection and projection of her own inner world which is rich and textured and informed by her journey through challenges and difficulties.

  • Fabulous art Tanja. I especially like I’m Abendrot At Sunset.
    I can really see your music,

  • Leone says:

    Can’t wait to see Tanja’s latest work! Always challenging. Always stunning. If you love exploring and discovering new dimensions this will be an event not to be missed.

  • Dianne Colless says:

    You can almost hear the music when you look at Tanja’s art. She is truley gifted in the way she shes colour and sound. I have attened her exibitions in the past and am always pleasantly surprised by her talent I love the vibrant colour and freedom of her art. An amazing artist!

  • Dianne Colless says:

    You can almost hear the music when you look at Tanja’s art. She is truley gifted in the way she uses colour and sound. I have attened her exibitions in the past and am always pleasantly surprised by her talent I love the vibrant colour and freedom of her art. An amazing artist!

  • Carolyn says:

    Synaesthesia Is a rare gift. What is even rarer is one person’s ability to share this gift with others through a visual art medium. Having followed Tanja Ackerman’s creative career over 30 years, which encompasses various visual art forms, music performance and composition, I can attest to her talent, originality and seemingly endless drive to create. If you have an opportunity to engage with this artist and her work, don’t hesitate. You will be enriched. This collection is striking, beautiful, tactile and full of movement and … sound. Wonderful!

  • Brenda Little says:

    I’m particularly entranced by the Eroica. One of my favourite works and your painting speaks to me. Such a gift you have. Very much looking forward to the exhibition this Sunday.

  • Karina says:

    Tanja Ackerman’s art is extraordinary and quite unique. I have looked forward to seeing this exhibition for some time as I have been honoured to see some of the work in preview. everytime I walk into an exhibition space of the talented and gifted woman I am extremely moved, touched and immersed in creative richness. My body tingles with goosebumps…. this is a sharing of another humans gifts like no other. To SEE some of your favourite pieces of music on canvas is a real treat for the eye!

  • Cat L says:

    Tanja ‘s style is true and organic. I’m inspired by her work and life.

  • Truly inspirational to see the connection between sound and sight that Tanja has and shares with us. So inspired by her wonderfully creative life. Wish I lived closer so could see this exhibition in real life.

  • Elmarie says:

    Anticipation, curiosity, eagerness to see what you have created. All appropriate words and emotions. I look forward to seeing the exhibition on Sunday

  • Abby says:

    Tanja will always be one of my favourite artists and her work is something I am constantly inspired by when creating my own art. Tanja’s creations are the most raw manifestations of herself/ her experience of life , and the way she feels love, pain, curiosity, stillness, reflection. I feel so lucky to have witnessed many of her creations in progress, and the artist herself working in her element, in addition to experiencing the exhibitions. If only I lived closer to come and see this one. Thank you so much for the gift of your art ❤️

  • How beautiful you are Tanya. I recognised your brilliance a long time ago and it’s wonderful to see it. I will be adorning my walls with some of your work I know. Much love to you and thank you for bringing such beautiful work to the world. Sheee genius xx

  • Sharmy Maxwell says:

    Looking forward to meeting you Tanya . I only know of you as Bennetts mum and for me that has been a love story .

  • Vanessa Dupond says:

    I follow Tanja’s Ackerman’s artwork on Facebook and thoroughly enjoy seeing her posts of projects she is working on.
    I wish I lived closer to Bellingen as I would of loved to attend the exhibition.
    My favourite pieces from what I have seen on her FB page are China, you found me & I’m Abendrot at sunset. I love the layers & complexity of these pieces. The longer I look at these pieces, the more I discover in the artwork and interesting they become. It is extraordinary the feelings Tanja is able to evoke in one through her artwork.
    Tanja is definitely a unique talent and person.

  • Kerry says:

    What an incredible woman Tanja is. The depth and variety of her talents gives voice and expression to the complexities of the inner human world, and it’s interconnectedness to the world around it. Thank you Tanja for sharing your gifts <3

  • Magnificent. Thank you to all of you for your kind words and heartfelt comments. I am deeply grateful for your support and feel honoured. The exhibition can be viewed until the 20th March,2017. Come and SEE the Music! Love and light, Tanja

  • Meg Johanson says:

    Beautiful work, incredible colours, this lady needs to fly.

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