Tara Funk Grim
"A passion for the visual world and the world of imagination has led to both plein air painting and creative exploration in the studio. Each painting is a journey into the unknown. The heart and mind become one with inspiration, imagination, and materials. It is the world of endless possibilities and discovery that beckons me.
Painting enplein air, I try to capture the essence of the place based on what I am feeling, seeing, and what is going on around me. I push colors and exaggerate natural movements.
More imaginative paintings begin in my studio. My method of working with mixed media has evolved as a result of experience, intuition, and exploration. Weaving layers of acrylic and collage, each painting is an adventure and journey into the unknown. As choices are made, thoughts, ideas and challenges are expanded and provide pathways to invention, innovation and discovery.
Beginning an art career painting seasonal themes on Atlantic City boardwalk store windows, I continued my education with a BA from Chestnut Hill College and teacher certification from Kutztown University. I am a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and have exhibited widely and received many awards. Painting for over 30 years, my work has been featured recently in several publications,100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic and AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs and AcrylicWorks 3: Celebrating Texture".