Bosque AutumnTara Zalewsky-Nease
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on front
20 " h x 16 " w x 1.5 " d |2 lbs. 4 oz.
This painting was based on a reference photo Tara took at the Bosque del Apache Wildlife refuge in New Mexico. "It was October, and the afternoon light set the trees glowing against the cobalt sky," Tara remembers. "The wetland is famous for many species of birds, so I added a little hummingbird into the landscape and painted the trees in thick, gestural brushstrokes." The painting features a high gloss glaze, making the rich colors appear wet and giving the surface an enamel-like finish.
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.