Tara took the reference photo of this sage filled desert landscape while living in New Mexico. To prepare the canvas, she used a warm peach color as her underpainting and layered swatches of a deep blue collage paper with marbleized gold swirls. When the layers were dry and sealed with archival medium, she applied thick gestural strokes of oil paint to convey the sandy ground and sky, while retaining the golden swirls of the collage paper. The peach background wraps the canvas sides.

- Tara Zalewsky-Nease

Albuquerque Desert

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

24" h x 18" w x 1.5" d
2 lbs. 13 oz.



Tara Zalewsky-Nease
Monroeville, Pennsylvania

Getting to Know Tara

Tara Zalewsky-Nease draws on the soul of the desert to create her impressionist landscape paintings. While earning her Masters in Fine Art Painting at the University of New Mexico, she experienced the magical energy of the expansive panoramas and the timeless geography of the southwest. She hiked, journaled and captured reference photography during her time there, as well as during her trips to the Pacific Northwest, France and Japan. Two common motifs in her works are hummingbirds, which are totems of good luck, and foxes, which allude to her young son. Tara has had solo exhibitions in Sante Fe, Albuquerque and Taos. She currently lives in Sewickley, PA where she shares a studio with her mother, who is also a painter and fiber artist. When she is not creating art, she teaches art classes at several universities and also enjoys playing the piano, spending time with her pets and family and acting in several community productions.