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. In 2017 she moved to work from her purpose built garden studio.

Since 2009 she has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Scotland and beyond.

Tansy is a member of the Society of Scottish Artists.