Originally from Matlock in Derbyshire, Tansy studied Three Dimensional Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. After three years working as a puppet maker and performer, she moved to Edinburgh in 1994 and spent the next fifteen years developing a practice combining art with a community development approach, working with marginalised communities throughout Central Scotland.
In 2008 she set up her studio in Edinburgh’s St. Margaret’s House to focus on drawing and began to develop a body of work inspired by trees.
Since 2009 she has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Scotland and beyond. She is currently artist in residence at Howden Park Centre, Livingston until April 2017, continuing work on her 'Dialogues with trees' project.
Tansy is a member of the Society of Scottish Artists.