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 ~

The vibrant hues of sunrises and sunsets 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 speak softly to the listening heart. Infinitely drawn to nature, I find myself called to paint a quieter, softer, calmer world, the kind of world I want to see.

Light-filled moments in time are reflected in my intimate paintings, where nature speaks with a whisper instead of a shout. My landscapes invite the viewer to observe more closely the tiniest details found in even the most expansive vistas, and celebrate the beauty and joy of a wild and tranquil natural world where time seems to stand still, a world sans the destructive forces of man. My painting surfaces are selected thoughtfully for their various textures, and 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, the viewer.


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"
Dancing Among the Dandies"

© 2017 Tammy Kaufman
6" x 4" 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 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. Though primarily self-taught as an artist, she has studied pastels with Addren Doss as well as participating in online pastel courses with Robert Sloan, Karen Margulis, Johannes Vloothuis and Richard McKinley. Additionally, she has studied with 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, Artspace NC, Fine Arts League of Cary, 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.

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"Springing To Life"
© 2017 Tammy Kaufman
5.5" x 6" soft pastel on UArt 240

Exhibits and Awards
  • 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
  • Two-Person Guest Artist Exhibit, The Market at Three Little Birds, Clayton NC, 8/5-10/31/2017
  • 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
  • Southeastern Pastel Society Online Exhibition, 11/2016
  • 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 Exhibition, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory NC, 5/21 - 8/21/2016
  • 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 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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"Infinity of Solitude"

© 2017 Tammy Kaufman
9" x 6" soft pastel on UArt 500

Professional Memberships
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"But My Sorrows Learned to Swim"
© 2017 Tammy Kaufman
7" x 9" soft pastel on UArt 600

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

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"Reaching For The Sun"

© 2017 Tammy Kaufman
7" x 9" soft pastel on UArt 600