art show – you missed it!

See what visitors are saying about the exhibition experience:

“I visit the exhibition full of weights in my heart, the different emotions in the paintings embrace me with the amazing poetry, when I’m leaving the exhibition,found myself lighter, hopeful, and joyful. I need that hug. Thank you for the embrace.” – Süheyla

“A beautiful response to this period marked by shared experiences of distancing, loneliness, and lack of touch. Embrace seems to capture what we have been missing and needing, and then offer it back.

Come for an embrace.” – Sophie

“It was great to move through the interactive space and to see the paintings from afar and up close. A lovely mix of poetry and art!” – Lawrence

“ Don’t wait too long and miss the experience.” – Belen



  hours  minutes  seconds


before ’embrace’ closes

Its your last chance to experience the virtual art exhibition!

Dear friends,

You are invited to a very special sharing of my art through a virtual exhibition: embrace.

I have been working on and living with many of these paintings for well over a year now. They feature the heartfelt hug and comforting embrace that I have always loved and freely given.

The weight and gift of hugs are very different today, in the springtime of the second year of the pandemic, from the early months of 2020, when the first strokes of these paintings were brushed onto canvas. We had no idea then what distances would stretch between us and those we love.

I share embrace with you now, as in this month of May I celebrate another year around the sun and the renewal of spring. Yet even in the presence of my celebration, there is the ache and weight of grief, still being unravelled. And even still, in the presence of my grief, I find and treasure gifts of many shapes and forms that lift and sustain the spirit.

I look forward to sharing embrace with you. My art will reach out to you with a weight and gift that feels somehow and in some way akin to a tender embrace.

tanya / nathania aritao
5 may 2021

Purchase your ticket
to the virtual exhibition
pay what you want

The first 30 people to purchase a ticket and will receive a surprise in the post following the exhibition.


“pay what you want”

Purchase your ticket via any of the following options. You will receive confirmation and further details about the exhibition via email.

Option 1 (Preferred option): Via credit card on WordPress – the default contribution is £7. You may change this by typing in your preferred contribution amount. You will receive immediate email confirmation with details on how to visit the exhibition.

Payments are received in the currency of British pounds (GBP) but you can pay with your local/int’l credit card. For reference, the exchange rate on 5 May 2021: 1 GBP = 1.39 USD / 1.19 EURO / 66.77 Philippine PESO

READ: For the following payment channels, you may have to wait to receive the details for joining the exhibition, as confirmation cannot be automated. Due to timezone differences, we may not be able to process tickets purchased between 10pm and 9am London / GMT+1. Thank you for your understanding.

Option 2: Via PayPal – please include your email address in the note.

Option 3: Purchase your ticket via GCash – 09178274755, or scan the QR code below. Please include your email address in the note.

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  • Access to the online gallery exhibition, where you can walk through the gallery virtually at your own pace and in your own time, to view:
    – 11 oil paintings from the embrace collection,
    – selected works from the refuge collection,
    – selected poetry
    – artist statement

  • A seat at a live conversation with the artist – with a virtual exhibition tour and studio visit (dates 24 and 26 May)

  • Recordings of poetry readings by the artist

  • Stories from behind-the-scenes of the embrace paintings

  • A special spot in the exhibition guest book

  • The opportunity to submit questions for the artist to respond to


  • 1 raffle ticket – a chance to win one large artist print from the refuge collection worth £175+! (Giclée print on Canson Aquarelle Rag) The winner gets to choose from three different illustrations and print sizes.
    Free international postage, but customs charges not included.

EMBRACE: the oil painting series

This series of oil paintings consists of recently completed paintings by the artist – from 2020 and 2021. The works range in size from the smallest works at 8 x 10 inches, and the largest works at 16.5 x 23.4 inches. They are all oil paintings on stretched canvas or canvas panel. 

The paintings in the exhibit will be available for purchase.
Email for information on purchasing paintings or commissioning an original oil painting or digital illustration.

nathania aritao: art to lift you up

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