Tara’s paintings reveal her connection to the two places that she has spent most of her life. She grew up in Langley on a property surrounded by a small forest. The damp climate, drooping cedars and musty forest floor have had a distinct influence on her style and subjects. Now living in the Okanagan, Tara has found inspiration in odd places, back alleys, barren properties, and (not so odd) vineyards. She loves to find and draw discarded, broken trucks, overgrown sheds, and various rubble piles. Both in the coastal forest, and in the vineyards, Tara is taken with both plants’ connection to the ground, and their ability to take over the moment our backs are turned.
Tara Kelly has a Diploma of Fine Arts from Langara College in Vancouver BC. There, her studies centered mainly on stone sculpture and printmaking. Although she has been painting with acrylics since she was 18, her output increased dramatically after a month long creativity challenge a few years ago. She has had her work displayed in several small galleries in Vancouver and the Okanagan.