Welcome to Inkberry Studio!

Inkberry Studio Illustration & Design is the online studio of Tarja Barton. I created this blog and the Inkberry Studio identity to showcase my creative work, which includes botanical and technical illustration, watercolour paintings as well as some photography and graphic design. The featured illustrations are created either in traditional media, mainly watercolours or digital media using Adobe Photoshop CS5 and/or Adobe Illustrator CS5.

Tarja Barton
Illustrator/Graphic Designer

“Art has always played a part throughout my life and I suspect, that it always will.”

I was born in Tampere, Finland, moved to Canada in 1979 and settled in the Niagara Region. Since childhood, I have always loved drawing and painting. After high school I worked as a legal secretary for a number of years but always continued with my drawing and painting — it just seemed like a natural pastime for me.

In 1996, I graduated from the Technical and Scientific Illustration program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. The course covered a wide variety of disciplines including, Technical and Interpretive Illustration, Architectural Illustration, Package Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Life Drawing, Object Drawing, Painting and Airbrushing. Since graduating, I have worked as a freelance illustrator as well as a full-time graphic designer for local newspapers and advertising agencies. My work experience includes the creation of detailed technical illustrations, maps, botanical illustrations, brochures, business cards, ads, catalogues and magazine layouts. As my creative career evolves, I have also taken on projects that require designing websites and eblasts for various clients.

When I’m not working as a graphic designer, I find myself returning to my own studio and creating watercolour illustrations, experimenting with photography and studying web design. Last year I participated, among 28,836 artists from 94 countries around the world, in The Sketchbook Project organized by The Brooklyn Art Library. My sketchbook was part of a tour of sketchbooks that was exhibited at galleries and museums across the United States. After the tour, all sketchbooks were placed in the permanent collection at The Brooklyn Art Library, where they have been barcoded and are currently available for public viewing. For more information about the Sketchbook Project please visit www.arthousecoop.com.

Currently, I am working on a series of botanical paintings which I will be adding to my online portfolio once complete. To follow my creative work please join me on Facebook.