Mia Sarah Tarney was born in Surrey in 1973. She was educated at Heatherley School of Fine Art, London, obtaining a diploma in Portraiture and Figurative Painting.
Mia has since moved from figurative painting towards still life and, in particular, floral and plant subjects. Drawn to the tremendous energy flowers embody, she is captivated by their ability to
be delicate and ethereal yet generating force and strength: "The variations of shape and colour are a wonder and each variety is a uniquely masterful design."