Tani Bates is a resident of Cairns and her work is inspired by her surroundings.
The green mountains, lush tropical colours and the vibrancy of native butterflies, frogs and birdlife influences her mood and hence, her pieces. She began her artistic journey in stained glass.
Tani has since studied basic, traditional Italian mosaic techniques under Master Mosaicist Guilio Menossi in Udine, Northern Italy. Her mosaic work is a reflection of these traditions mixed with her view of tropical Queensland, with a tendency towards natural pieces rather than landscapes or urban scenes. Her journey in mosaics has found her returning to glass in the form of fused glass, with her mosaic skills and interest clearly evident and strongly influencing her work.