ABOUT TARA WINONA
PAINTING WITH LIGHT ....
Originally Tara trained as a graphic designer in Australia. She became a creative director for son et lumière spectaculars: working with projection, lasers, lights, fireworks and special effects. Painting with light.
The bright lights of the world called and in 2000 she moved to Italy in a creative director role ‘just for 18 months’ ... many character building experiences later and a number of awards, she has worked around the world, made homes in Milan, Paris and London, learnt a couple of extra languages and how to say thank you in at least thirty.
‘I don’t think you choose art, I think art chooses you.'
'There was always this pull inside me, a feeling that there was something ‘more’. That maybe I should be an artist. In 2007, when living in Paris, I was almost killed by an off-piste policeman on a scooter. That was a turning point for me. It made me question things. My art became a case of if not now when? What if the next policeman succeeded?’
Tara got a studio in London and begin to paint, snatching moments between shows to explore her art. She started her Blue Nature series of animals. ‘It was if something clicked. Painting animals, it felt as if a part of my soul was being communicated through their eyes. I would wake up in the middle of the night with inspirations sleeting through my brain.’
Gradually her art transformed - from something fitted in between shows to a daily, professional practise. In December 2014 Tara was invited to exhibit with Gallery Different, a major gallery in London.
Tara is represented by several galleries in the UK and Australia and has exhibited in the UK, the Netherlands and Sydney. A full list of her exhibitions and upcoming shows is available here. In 2015 she won the Outstanding Artist Award at the Tunbridge Wells International Art Fair and Editors Choice for the book '101 Artworks of the Animal Kingdom'.
She also continues to paint with light, examples of her multi-media shows are on her webpage www.tara-designs.com.
Now Tara splits her time between her studio on Johnsons Island, London and at the Headland Artists in Mosman, Sydney.
I DON'T THINK YOU CHOOSE ART. I THINK ART CHOOSES YOU
JOHNSONS ISLAND, LONDON
HEADLAND ARTISTS, MOSMAN, SYDNEY