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About the Artist

Tamlyn Akins grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She says, "I've known since before I could sign my name that I would be an artist." In 1980 she received her BFA with High Distinction in Drawing from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and in 1983 she moved to Madison, Wisconsin.

Tamlyn at mural
Tamlyn did research to get an accurate representation of walnut trees for this mural, created by the Millennium Murals team (of which she wasa part until 2008) and commissioned by the State Bank of Cross Plains in Mount Horeb, WI.

Since then her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally, honored with awards, and has been purchased for numerous private, and corporate collections.

In 2001 she moved her home and studio out of the city of Madison and into the rolling hills of rural Black Earth, Wisconsin, where she currently resides.

Although Akins is fascinated with the patterns, textures and geometry of jewelry and origami, she finds her greatest inspiration comes through an intimate relationship with nature. When drawing and painting, much time is spent in observation as she works toward a realistic representation that has an ethereal quality and a sense of depth and the Infinite.

Tamlyn's interests are varied. She also creates beaded and paper jewelry, and origami ornaments, boxes, and reliefs. Still, her first love is for the fine arts. Her specialties are florals and naturescapes, and she is most noted for her capacity to create stunning images in watercolor and pastel.

Tamlyn at pastel
Tamlyn demonstrates soft pastels.
Tamlyn's jewelry
Jewelry created by Tamlyn as shown at the 2004 Holiday Art Fair, Madison, Wisconsin.
Origami Christmas Tree
Tamlyn's all origami ornament Christmas tree at the 2004 Holiday Art Fair (as seen on Channel 27 News, Madison, WI).


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