By Tara Funk Grim
A passion for the visual world and the world of imagination has led to both plein air painting and creative exploration in the studio. Each painting is a journey into the unknown. The heart and mind become one with inspiration, imagination, and materials. It is this world of endless possibilities and discovery that beckons me.
Painting en plein air, I try to capture the essence of the place based on what I am feeling, seeing, and what is going on around me. I push colors and exaggerate natural movements. I am most interested in absorbing the landscape and enjoying the process of developing the painting imaginatively and creatively. At first look, the viewer sees the subject. The application of the paint and abstraction of horizons and shapes invites a more intimate absorption.
My most imaginative paintings are done in my studio where I work with a variety of materials including acrylic and collage. My paintings start with an idea, color, and composition. The development of the painting is guided by intuition, experience, the application and manipulation of materials and what is visually happening on the canvas. As choices are made, the painting evolves and emerges.
This method of working allows my imagination to soar. The painting develops in way that could never been visualized initially! I call my work Beyond Alla Prima meaning painting from life with total involvement of the heart and soul. The painting is not painted in one session but rather allowed to age where the heart and mind become one with the final image.
Beginning an art career painting seasonal themes on Atlantic City boardwalk store windows, I continued my education with a BA from Chestnut Hill College and teacher certification from Kutztown University. I am a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and have exhibited widely and received many awards. Painting for over 30 years, my work has been featured recently in several publications, 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic and AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs and AcrylicWorks 3: Celebrating Texture, and upcoming publication, Art Journey Animals: A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks.
The exhibit is located in the Gallery Cafe inside the Blair Audubon Visitor Center. Proceeds from sales at the art exhibits go to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the participating artist.
February and March 2019: Leigh Herndon - Direct Dye Painting, Rozome and Hot-Wax Resist
Meet the Artist: March 1, 2019
April, Mary and June 2019: Leslie Peebles - Wood Block Prints
Meet the Artist: June 28, 2019
July 1-31, 2019: 2018 Audubon Photography Awards
A touring exhibit featuring 12 spectacular bird photographs from the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards.