This month’s Artist Spotlight shines on Tara Catalano, an emerging mixed media and acrylic painter from Arizona.
I discovered Tara’s vibrant and colorful paintings while cruising around on Pinterest. Her spiritually uplifting pieces spoke to me and I was drawn in to discover more about her. Her About Me page says:
Tara Catalano is an emerging painter and graphic artist passionate about self-transformation through artistic empowerment. Philosophical leaders have influenced her artwork and have become the backbone to her holistic lifestyle and intuitive approach to painting.
Oh yes how I can relate to this radiant being! We are so much in the same tribe, and I think you will agree that her work and philosophy resonate with you as well.
Tara graciously accepted an offer to interview her so we can get to know her better.
Getting to know Tara Catalano
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself: What got you interested in art? Have you taken art classes?
I’ve always been a creative soul tinkering with my hands or creating something out of anything that I could find. At age 2, I finished my first pencil mural on my great grandmother’s wall. I wasn’t commissioned and I don’t believe it was very well received. 🙂 But that didn’t stop me. I completed my bachelor’s degree in art where I took drawing, painting, and photography classes.
Becoming a professional artist seemed like a pipe dream despite my insatiable desire to do so. I worked many different jobs but was never fulfilled. I never thought that I could make a living as an artist because I believed everyone that said that art wasn’t a career…including my family.
The shift in my thinking and my creative style came as a mixed bag of depression, divorce, bankruptcy, and single motherhood that pulled me to the canvas. Painting became my medicine and was the catalyst to finding my power again, smiling again and going after my dream with full force.
2. What is your preferred medium and why?
I love acrylic paint because it is very forgiving and it dries fast. My work is expressive and I like to layer and work fast. Acrylic allows me to do so and is a compliment to my personality.
3. What is your favorite inspiration for your works? How do you gather that information?
My internal journey and healing is my inspiration and my paintings are the external manifestation of it all. I love metaphysics, healing and empowerment which comes through in my paintings. I gather this inspiration by doing a lot of meditation, energy work, and stepping into my own fear to heal and grow.
4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies, or maybe a story about an experience involving your artwork?
Hmmm, now that my art is my business, I have little time to nurture other interests. However, I love the Arizona trails for hiking and biking. I love the physical and mental exercise of yoga.
5. Do you have a favorite artist? What draws you to that person’s work?
Yes. I have one favorite artist, Jeanne Bessette. I was drawn to her work because I felt deeply the energy and underlying messages of her work. I had the opportunity to work with her at her home studio for 3 amazing days. She is an amazing artist and an even more amazing person.
6. Where can we reach you to see your works of art online or commission you for a custom painting?
I’m always available at www.taracatalano.com.
7. Finally, please share with us three of your favorite paintings and tell us a little bit about each.
I used to walk the Earth in a mere daze conforming to…..who and whatever was around me…to the “American Dream”…to the advice of other people. My dream of being an artist was buried deep inside next to, well, the true ME.
It was a mixed bag of becoming a mom, depression, divorce, bankruptcy and career inadequacy that led me to question how I was presenting myself to the world. This uncertainty and inadequacy in my own skin was the pull that lead me to the canvas. Each time I put paint to canvas….down the rabbit hole I went. It was dark…it was ugly. But it was there in that uncomfortable shedding of the old where I became ME.
When I worked with Jeanne Bessette she advised me to step away from painting Buddha. She wanted me to go outside my comfort zone. The rebel in me didn’t listen and this was the first painting I completed working with Jeanne. I titled it “Cheeky Dharma” because I was kinda being a brat about the whole thing.
Free is about loving your past, your present, and your future. When this unconditional love flourishes within, I feel completely free. I love this painting.
Thank you so much, Tara!
Everybody, please head over to Tara Catalano Studios and sign up for her newsletter. Then take a look at her gallery of works and be amazed. You’ll come away feeling so good!
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