Tara’s reference for this painting was a trip to Canyonlands in southern Utah. She backpacked with a group of painters into the wilderness on a tenting and art making trip, immersed in the desert landscape for a month. It was in the dry heat of the early summer, and the intense red rock contrasted against the signature southwestern blue of the sky, punctuated by the scent of sage brush.

- Tara Zalewsky-Nease

Canyonlands June

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

20" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
3 lbs. 4 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.