“I remember hearing myself screaming wow! when hitting the throttle, I reached 250 Km/h (155 mph) for the first time.”
1. Tanja Tell us about you, what drew you to painting Porsches ?
Well first things first. Let me say I am very honored to be the very first woman to be in your 5 questions 5 Pictures interview! Unlike most men, obviously I was not born with the affection for cars, I was born with the affection to draw stuff, to paint and to be creative. So much so, that my parents permitted me to attend an art school for young children. Gradually my love of drawing blossomed into a profound passion for art in general. A passion that led me to a course at the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts. It’s there were I discovered the irrefutable painter within. From there I developed my own abstract style and built up a portfolio. During one of my visits to Art Galleries I stumbled across a painting of a 911 and was instantly dazzled by the beauty of it. The funny thing was, by that time we owned a 911 ourselves, but I never made the connection between my Artwork and the Porsche. From that moment everything changed. Porsche Acrylic Art was born.
I have to admit the first couple of paintings were very difficult to make as it was something totally different than what I was used to. Luckily it helped me a lot to have the ‘life model’ near me all the time in order to achieve the level I am at now. To quote Dr. Ferry Porsche. “I want to create paintings that are not something to everyone, but everything to some.”
2. Do you remember your first time in a 911 can you describe it ?
Yes I do! Me and my husband (who is by the way like most of the men in your interviews long time affected by the Porsche virus) own some of the Porsche models, including a 991 GTS Convertible. In the beginning I thought he would not let me drive it, as he treats it like his little baby. But when driving back from Italy my husband was very tired so we swapped places, just at the German border, I remember hearing myself screaming wow! when hitting the throttle I reached 250 Km/h (155 mph) for the first time. Nothings beats that first moment in a 911!
3. Can you take us through your process for doing a painting ?
Yes of course. Take for example a Porsche Exclusive Customer, who comes to the ‘Porsche Studio’ to choose the color for the leather, the exclusive paint or livery for his/her Porsche. When finally the customer gets the call ‘Your car is ready for delivery’ it will be delivered as it was a party, with one goal, to make the customer shine and be ultimately happy with his/her exclusive purchase. I aim to do exactly the same with Porsche Acrylic Art.
Step 1Step 2Step 3 is to do an introductory meeting with the client. If feasible we do it face to face, else it’s done via email. I then make or get high resolution pictures of the car, I get to learn the background story and history of the car. Inspired by the story, photographs and archival documentation, I passionately set to work on the painting in my studio. , The client receives next to the painting a certificate of Authenticity confirming that the work is a genuine Tanja Stadnic creation, in addition to a personally written note about the realization of the unique and privately commissioned painting. Last but not least each customer will get a high standard bottle of wine originated from Moldova, my birth country. The turnaround time for a commissioned painting is approximately 3-4 weeks. Once finished I am ready for the delivery, again, if feasible I deliver the painting myself with Porsche transportation.
4. Getting the lines and proportions of a 911 is not easy, do you go by eye and feel ?
As you mentioned already it’s not easy at all. My first drawings were actually terrible. I go by eye as well by feel. Here is where the i-Pad comes in very useful. By zooming in at the right spots the creation gets it’s first draft on the linen. The first draft is done with crayons. After that I go to set the first paint, using brushes in the beginning. In this stage I look very much at the details, the lines and the proportions of the car but also the shadows which are very important. Once satisfied I start to create abstract details using painting spatula’s. As with many other things in life, you get better and better over time. Going by the reactions I get from my clients as well as the appreciation within the Porsche scene, I am very satisfied with the quality of my work.
5. If you could have any Porsche, vintage or new which one would you choose ?
Nice question and hard to choose from. My first answer would be vintage. The reason why is because the passion I literally feel when drawing and painting those cars is so much different compared to the modern Porsches. I did quite a bit of paintings of vintage Porsches already and drove some of those cars as well. To me the similarities between the vintage models and my paintings are irresistible. The last one I did was the 911T ‘hotrod’ of Bart Kuykens, but now that he has his own unique painting I guess the price of that car just went up 🙂
But in order to end with the same words as I started this interview; I am a woman, who also takes care of her nails, hair and styling, not the type of girl to unloose bolts and replace engine parts. Therefore I think I need both a vintage and a new one.
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