Forest Fox TwilightTara Zalewsky-Nease
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Ready to hang
Signed on front
18 " h x 24 " w x 1.5 " d |2 lbs. 7 oz.
This painting is part of a series of whimsical foxes. For these pieces, Tara has a collection of small toy foxes that she sets up like a still life for reference. "A copper fox silhouettes a tree lined field in early evening along the foothills of the Sandia mountains in New Mexico," Tara explains of this painting. To prepare the canvas, Tara used a magenta color, and layered swatches of a rich maroon collage paper with marbleized gold swirls. When the initial layers were sealed with archival medium, she applied gestural strokes of oil paint to convey trees and sky, retaining the gold swirls of the paper. The magenta of the background wraps around the sides of the gallery wrapped canvas.
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.