More often that not, you'll find Tara hunched at her desk working on a digital portrait or two with a cup of tea and a soundtrack playing in the background.
“I find inspiration from a lot of different areas,” she says. “Photography, films, books, 18th and 19th century paintings, or even sometimes just from an adventure outdoors.”
She started out as a traditional artist, but became captivated by the flexible world of tablets. The freelance illustrator loves to play with what she calls “natural supernaturalism” in her works, evoking the surreal, mystery, nostalgia and reflection through classical imagery.
1 THE TAXMAN “This was inspired by the TV series, True Detective. I really wanted to represent the dark and raw atmosphere of the show. I love double-exposure images, so it was great to add a similar aesthetic here. Oh, and as chaotic as all that foliage may look, it was actually quite relaxing to paint!”
2 BRUNHILD “This is my contemporary spin on a shield maiden from Germanic mythology. I’ve always been drawn to feminine strength, and Brünhild’s character and backstory seem to emulate just that. For the look and feel of the artwork, I wanted to capture her strength and intensity, but also channel the softness that you get in a lot of Renaissance portraits.”