Desert Night BirdTara Zalewsky-Nease
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front
24 " h x 30 " w x 1.5 " d |4 lbs. 0 oz.
"When I lived in New Mexico, I painted humming birds into my landscapes, like this image of a bright bird resting in a thicket of red desert blooms," says Tara. A dark night sky sets off the contrast of gestural brushstrokes. Tara frequently covers her canvas in a purple wash of paint before painting. You may notice the flicker of purple in the background, in between the rich reds, greens and golds.
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.