Tamara’s exposure to art began as a child with her great-grandmother who was a full-time artist who worked with charcoal making squiggly lined landscapes. They would sit side-by-side creating and from her grandmother came only words of encouragement. Tamara was especially drawn to her colored pieces that showed multitudes of tiny colorful marks that created landscapes.
Although their styles could not be more different, color has stayed with her. She works with both oil and acrylic paint with oil being her primary choice of medium. She believes that the lushness that comes from oil is irreplaceable. As opposed to using solvents, she prefers painting straight from the tube keeping the paint as thick as possible. Using the palette knife as an extension of her hand letting each color determine what happens next. Each color has a different viscosity and when placed on top of another reacts differently depending on the amount of pressure applied with the palette knife. Within each painting something new is discovered and inspiration is found.
Her latest series expounds on the multiple layered paintings by scraping through and manipulating the wet paint to form a mirage of tiny paintings within the canvas. With a massive amount of leftover paint from the scraping, she will begin a new painting by building texture from the latter…reduce, reuse, recycle. Each painting inspires the next.
“The process of layering and scraping away is revealed through the surface texture of White’s mostly, non-objective work. Not only are the paintings composed with bright colors, but added surprises of thoughtful words and mysterious numbers also invade the compositions. The neutral negative space bursts forth with an accumulation of small focal points, creating interest all over the canvas that may echo abstract cityscapes or landscapes.”
- Advisory Board
Date: February 9, 2011
Time: 7:00 pmBelmont Hotel