Tanya and her husband have made Fort Collins their happy retirement home, near the mountains and their daughter in Denver. Since retiring from academia, Tanya has enjoyed volunteering in the community, traveling, leading tours, and challenging her creative side. While leading a study-abroad class in Italy, she personally got hooked on drawing while encouraging her students to do the same. Ten years ago, a friend taught her how to mosaic, and in 2020 she did her first large mosaic, a Tuscan countryside in her home. Many of her projects are traditional grouted mosaic pieces, but her most recent venture is hand cut glass, representing the wildflowers of Colorado. Some pieces are table-top frames and others are mounted on boxes, mirrors, or other interesting objects. She is also having some fun incorporating her acrostic poems into her art.