A Little About Me



Artist Statement

"That's why I paint. It's because I can create the kind of world I want, and I can make this world as happy as I want it." 
~ Bob Ross ~

Every picture tells a story. The vibrant hues of sunlight kissing flower-covered fields, soft light filtering through lacy-leafed trees and glistening across reflective waters, the stunning kaleidoscope of colors peeking through clouds and woven into snow, and the deep intensity of the night all share their stories with the listening heart. 

Infinitely drawn to nature, I found a kinship with the landscape as a 24-hour endurance mountain bike racer for many years when it was my great fortune to experience the beauty of the natural world so often overlooked during our busy lives. Light-filled moments in time are reflected in my paintings, where nature speaks with a whisper instead of a shout, inviting you to observe more closely the tiniest details found in the most ordinary things - a tangle of weeds, the shadows cast by an ancient tree, subtle ripples in an otherwise quiet pond - which are, to me, the most extraordinary things in the world and have the most beautiful stories to tell. 

Pastels are my instinctive medium of choice due to the intimate connection of the artist’s hand directly to the painting surface, using luminous pigments created from the earth itself. It is my privilege to share my love and respect for Mother Nature with you through my artwork, and I donate all profits from the sales of all my works to non-profit environmental and animal charities.

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Standing at the Edge of a Dream"

© 2018 Tammy Kaufman
9" x 12" soft pastel on UArt 500

Biography

Born in southern Texas, Tammy Kaufman grew up in the Piedmont of North Carolina after traveling the United States and Europe with her family as a youngster. A former 24-hour endurance mountain bike racer, she currently resides in central North Carolina with her husband, Steve, and their adopted pets, Frylie and Venus. Now retired from competitive cycling, she continues to cherish the wonders of nature through her landscape paintings, and donates the profits from all painting sales to animal and environmental charities. Tammy is primarily self-taught as an artist, but has studied with Addren Doss, Karen Vernon, Rick Bennett, Dan Nelson and Kimberlee Maselli, and continues to take classes and workshops to further her progression in the arts. She is a member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina, Southeastern Pastel Society, Oil Pastel Society, Wake Forest Guild of Artists, Fellowship of Plein Air Painters and North Carolina Plein Air Painters, and is a juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America. Her paintings have been juried into multiple shows across North Carolina and hang in private collections throughout the United States, and she is currently exhibiting her works at Wake Forest Art & Frame and the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex Main Gallery in Roxboro.

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"Lavender Hills"
© 2018 Tammy Kaufman
4.5" x 5.5" soft pastel on UArt 800

Exhibits and Awards
  • Southeastern Pastel Society Online Members Exhibition, 10/2018 ("Magical Soul")
  • Solo Art Exhibit, Kirby Cultural Arts Center Upstairs Gallery, Roxboro NC, 6/1 - 8/31/2018
  • Fine Arts League of Cary 23rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Page-Walker Arts and History Center, Cary NC, 5/16 - 6/30/2018 ("Pensive Soul")
  • On Common Ground, 7th Annual North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition, The Art Shop, Greensboro NC, 5/11 - 6/12/2018 ("Ginger Wonderland")
  • Cary Paint the Town En Plein Air group exhibit, Cary NC, 5/5 - 6/1/2018
  • People and Places of North Carolina, Wake Forest Guild of Artists Group Exhibit, Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest NC, 5/4 - 7/5/2018
  • Solo Art Exhibit, Wake County Justice Center, Raleigh NC, 2/14 - 5/8/2018
  • Featured Artist in the Winter 2018 issue of 27587 Magazine
  • Southeastern Pastel Society Online Members Exhibition, 10/2017 ("Splash")
  • North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh NC, 10/2017 
  • Two-person Art Exhibit, WakeMed North, Raleigh NC, 9/29 - 11/30/2017
  • Dedication Ceremony for Dr. Bill and Merrie Hedrick Homestead at Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve, Raleigh NC, 9/22/2017
  • Pure Color, Pastel Society of North Carolina Online International Juried Exhibition, 9/1-30/2017 ("A Time For Us")
  • Two-Person Guest Artist Exhibit, The Market at Three Little Birds, Clayton NC, 8/5 - 11/10/2017
  • Wake Forest Guild of Artists Summer Arts Showcase, Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest NC, 7/23/2017
  • Pastel Demo, Sugar Magnolia Cafe & Emporium, Wake Forest NC, 6/23/2017
  • Pastel Demo, Sugar Magnolia Cafe & Emporium, Wake Forest NC, 4/29-30/2017
  • Wake Forest Guild of Artists group exhibit celebrating North Carolina, Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest NC, 3/22 - 5/5/2017
  • Two-Person Art Exhibit, Clayton Visual Arts Center, Clayton NC, 12/1/2016 - 1/3/2017
  • Plein Air Painters' Group Showcase, Artspace, Raleigh NC, 12/2/2016 - 1/28/2017
  • 3rd Place Intermediate, National Arts Program 14th Annual Exhibit Raleigh/Wake County, Miriam Preston Block Gallery, Raleigh NC, 11/30/2016 - 1/13/2017 ("Once In a Lifetime")
  • Southeastern Pastel Society Online Exhibition, 11/2016 ("Scordatura")
  • Pastel Demo Artist, Art of the Carolinas, North Raleigh Hilton, Raleigh NC, 11/12-13/2016
  • North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh NC, 10/2016
  • Meet the Artist Presentation, Northeast Regional Library, Raleigh NC, 9/18/2016
  • Meet the Artist Presentation, East Regional Library, Knightdale NC, 9/12/2016
  • Solo Exhibit, East Regional Library, Knightdale NC, 9/3 - 12/31/2016
  • Solo Exhibit, Northeast Regional Library, Raleigh NC, 9/1-30/2016
  • Fine Arts League of Cary Art Exhibit, Searstone Retirement Community, Cary NC, 6/2 - 8/30/2016
  • On Common Ground, 5th Annual North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory NC, 5/21 - 8/21/2016 ("A Song of Hope")
  • Cary Paint the Town En Plein Air group exhibit, Chocolate Smiles and Johnson's Jewelers, Cary NC, 5/8 - 6/7/2016 and Cary Arts Center, Cary NC, 6/8-10/2016
  • Solo Exhibit, "Fun Size Landscapes", Northeast Regional Library, Raleigh NC, 5/19 - 6/30/2016
  • Guest Speaker on Plein Air Painting, Wake Forest Guild of Artists, Wake Forest NC, 4/19/2016
  • Small Treasures Juried Show, Cary Gallery of Artists, Cary NC, 3/24-4/23/2016
  • Fine Arts League of Cary Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Page-Walker Arts and History Center, Cary NC, 2/24-4/23/2016
  • Spring Forward Juried Show, Tipping Paint Gallery, Raleigh NC, 3/4-26/2016
  • Pastel Society of North Carolina Member Show, Ambleside Gallery, Greensboro NC, 2/5-27/2016
  • National Arts Program 13th Annual Exhibit Raleigh/Wake County, Miriam Preston Block Gallery, Raleigh NC, 12/2/2015 - 1/15/2016
  • Fine Arts League of Cary Member Show, Page-Walker Arts and History Center, Cary NC, 11/18/2015 - 1/3/2016
  • Southeastern Pastel Society Online Exhibition, 11/2015
  • Pastel Demo Artist, Art of the Carolinas, North Raleigh Hilton, Raleigh NC, 11/13-15/2015
  • North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh NC, 10/2015
  • NC Open Plein Air Paint Out, Salisbury NC, 8/14-15/2015
  • Fine Arts League of Cary group exhibit, Litmus Gallery & Studios, Raleigh NC, 8/7-28/2015
  • Featured Guest Artist, The Artists' Loft at Wake Forest Coffee, Wake Forest NC, 7/5-8/8/2015
  • On Common Ground, 4th Annual North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition, The Art Shop, Greensboro NC, 5/16-6/16/2015
  • Cary Paint the Town En Plein Air group exhibit, The Cary Theater, Cary NC, 5/6-26/2015 and Cary Arts Center, Cary NC, 5/28-29/2015
  • Eggistentialism 2.0 Juried Show, 311 Gallery, Raleigh NC, 5/6-29/2015
  • Paint the Town Plein Air Paint Out, Southport NC, 4/24-25/2015
  • Small Treasures Juried Show, Cary Gallery of Artists, Cary NC, 3/27-4/18/2015
  • Fine Arts League of Cary Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Page-Walker Arts and History Center, Cary NC, 2/25-4/18/2015
  • Fine Arts League of Cary group exhibit, Cary Ballet Conservatory, Cary NC, 1/23-4/24/2015
  • Fine Arts League of Cary group exhibit, FALC Office, Cary NC, 1/7-4/8/2015
  • Neuse River Plein Air Painters group show, Sertoma Arts Center, Raleigh NC, 1/4-2/28/2015
  • Fine Arts League of Cary Member Show, Page-Walker Arts and History Center, Cary NC, 11/19/2014 - 1/4/2015
  • Fine Arts League of Cary group exhibit, Glenaire Retirement Center, Cary NC, 11/10/2014 - 2/27/2015
  • 1st Place Amateur Pastel/Drawing, North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh NC, 10/2014
  • Wake Forest Tour of Artists, Sunflower Studio & Gallery, Wake Forest NC, 9/6-7/2014
  • Pastel Society of North Carolina Member Show, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh NC, 9/5-28/2014
  • Chicken Art Invitational group show, Randolph Arts Guild - Sara Smith Self Gallery, Asheboro NC, 8/5-26/2014
  • Featured Guest Artist, Storyteller's Bookstore, Wake Forest NC, 7/11-8/7/2014
  • Eggistentialism group show, Tipping Paint Gallery, Raleigh NC, 4/1-26/2014
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"Symphony on the Neuse"

© 2018 Tammy Kaufman
4.5" x 5.5" soft pastel on UArt 400

Professional Memberships
  • Pastel Society of America
  • Southeastern Pastel Society
  • Pastel Society of North Carolina
  • Wake Forest Guild of Artists
  • North Carolina Plein Air Painters
  • Plein Air Carolina
  • Oil Pastel Society
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"Promises Kept"
© 2018 Tammy Kaufman
4.5" x 5.5" soft pastel on UArt 800

Instruction:
 Addren Doss, Karen Vernon, Rick Bennett, Kimberlee
 Maselli, Dan Nelson, Pamela Poole, Karen Margulis, Robert Sloan

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"Lost in Wonderland"

© 2018 Tammy Kaufman
9" x 12" soft pastel on Art Spectrum Colourfix