About Tan Armentrout

Family Member – Air Force

A driven and prolific painter in oil, Tan likes to paint all night to capture the fancies and the fantasies that fill her mind. Depending on her artistic intention, Tan changes the brushwork from fine and detailed to visible and impressionistic. Tan has lived in Virginia for more than 20 years, but she got her start as an artist in her country of origin, Thailand. As a fifteen-year-old she met the artists in the Thai Air Force, where her mother served. Their teaching got her started, but she has taught herself for her entire career since. And still today, the family farm on the Chao Phraya River inspires her use of vivid and verdant colors, with memories of tropical flowers, bananas, coconuts, and mangos. Those colors fill her still life too, as well as the idyllic landscapes of dramatic Thai coastlands.

Tan’s latest works have blended the human element into fantastic scenes, with figures or architectural elements.  Memory and imagination drive Tan through the night and into the morning as she paints.  As the sun sets, her mind fills with the colors of the scene she wants to portray. When morning comes, another completed landscape or still life rests on the easel. Tan’s artwork is available at The Gateway Gallery in Round Hill, VA, and at various shows and locations in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. For more visit Tan’s website at: www.paintingsbytan.com

Artist Statement

I am passionate about my art and delighted to share it with you.




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