My upbringing in Northern Minnesota instilled an appreciation of botany and a keen observation of patterns in the natural environment. Reflecting on my experiences in the Midwest, South America, and Europe, I seek to communicate a form of natural beauty.

I incorporate techniques from scenic painting and faux finishing, the folk art of Norwegian rosemaling, and reverse painting on glass. Observing these customary processes became a way for me to develop a personal aesthetic based on the necessity of good craftsmanship. Their established authority of geometry, harmony, and beauty speaks vibrantly.

See a great Essay Brochure at lower right, writing by Wayne Roosa and Ann Klefstad

Tara's website

2020 Art Hounds

2020 Boreal Ornament III online exhibition


MFA in Painting/Drawing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2017
BA, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, 2012



2022 Boreal Ornament IV, Joseph Nease Gallery

2020 Boreal Ornament III, Joseph Nease Gallery (installed but halted by COVID) See online exhibition here

2019 Boreal Ornament II, Johnson Heritage Post Gallery - Grand Marais, MN

2018 Boreal Ornament, Morrison Gallery, Duluth Art Institute – Duluth, MN

2017 Mirror Lake, Kohler Art Library, University of WIsconsin-Madison – Madison, WI
         Dusty Turquoise Waters – Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, Art Lofts Gallery – Madison, WI

2016 Windigo Piperita – Department of Art History Curatorial Lab – Madison, WI
         Vicious Or•ka•id – Master of Arts Exhibition, Art Lofts Gallery – Madison, WI 




A Warm Reset, Joseph Nease Gallery


Winnowers, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI  
Cephalopod Interface, I Love You More, Cretaquarium, Crete, Greece


Municipal, Municipal Building, Madison, WI
Arrowhead Biennial – Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN
Diverse Nature: Gender & the Botanic – Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI
Wallflowers – Tory Folliard Gallery – Milwaukee, WI
88th Annual Student Art Show – Gallery 1308, Madison, WI


Madison 8– Foster Gallery, Eau Claire, WI
MFA Candidates – Capitol Lakes – Madison, WI
Holiday Art Underground – Betsey Bowen Studio – Grand Marais, MN
Separate Checks – Art Lofts – Madison, WI


Found Out – Art Lofts – Madison, WI  


Papyiri– Prove Gallery- Duluth, MN
Water Works – Duluth Art Institute- Duluth, MN


Wisconsin Union Art Collection – University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI  



2018             Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN

2017             Kohler Arts Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

2016             Gallery Night Artist Talk, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI
                     Capitol Lakes Artist Talk, Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, Madison, WI

2015             Madison 8 Artist Talk, Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI



2020            American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowhip Award

2017            Vilas Research International Travel Grant, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

2017 & 2014            ED-GRS Fellowship, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI



2017            Chazen Museum Prize Honorable Mention, Curator Brooke Davis Anderson,
                            Univ of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
                    Dedalus Foundation Fellowship Nominee, Univ of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


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