About this artwork
In this mixed media painting, Tara combined gestural brushstrokes with marbleized collage paper to convey the drama of waves crashing on the California coast. To prepare the canvas, she used an orange underpainting, and layered swatches of collage paper. When the layers were dry and sealed, she applied thick strokes of oil paint to convey the breakers. The sea was finished with a high gloss medium, contrasting the roughened surface of the breakers and sand. The orange hue of the underpainting wraps around the canvas edges.