Despite a lifetime of moving around the United States as part of a military family, Tankersley has always regarded the coastal areas of Maryland and Virginia as home. She currently resides in Easton, Maryland where she has her studio. She likes to paint all subjects including figures and portraits, landscapes and still life. I think it is important for contemporary artists to capture the land and the people as they are today. I do not try to romanticize or invent my subjects, but I do try to show the beauty of the ordinary. People engaged in their occupations, enjoying their leisure time by eating, shopping or just strolling down a streets, as well as abandoned and often overlooked landscapes... all of these are ordinary subjects which can make extraordinary paintings. I try to paint from life as much as possible so that my work has the authenticity that comes from capturing a moment in time. The painter has had many awards in her career and has been juried into international competitions such as the annual Salon International, the American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibit, and Oil Painters of America. In 2008, the artist was honored to be selected as one of two painters from the Eastern Shore to be part of a show titled “Making Art: Explorations in Process” at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland which included notable American artists from the 19th and 20th centuries and works borrowed from major museums including the National Gallery of Art and the Brandywine River Museum. In 2004, her painting “The Pink Scarf” was chosen as one of twelve to represent the 3000 member Art League of Alexandria, Va. during their 50 Year Anniversary Gala celebration. She is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Mid- Atlantic Plein Air Painters, and a juried member of the 100 year old Washington Society of Landscape Painters, the Salmagundi Club in NYC, and the Oil Painters of America. One of the founders of Plein Air Easton!, and a chief organizer for the first three years, Tankersley participates as an artist in numerous national level plein air competitions. She has served as Juror for numerous regional and national competitions and in 2013 was the October- November judge for the Plein Air Salon, a national competition sponsored by Plein Air Magazine. In August 2014, she was a featured artist in Plein Air Magazine. A founder of the Easton Studio, a workshop facility that hosts workshops given by top painters from all over the country, Tankersley credits her current level of professionalism to knowledge she gained in work shops. In addition to seeking out and hosting a wide variety of instructors, Tankersley also teaches clinics and workshops several times each year.