A Little About Me



Artist Statement

I’m an artist. A mountain biker, a writer and a dreamer. But mostly I’m an ordinary woman with an extraordinary willingness to let my imperfections shine. I believe our flaws are what make us beautiful and mysterious, and my artwork is my joyfully imperfect expression of a singular thread in the amazing tapestry of our world.

I’m often asked why I paint so small. The answer is that I find a special refuge in the infinite beauty of the minuscule, the unnoticed, the smallest things so often overlooked and ignored. Creating tiny paintings is a painstaking and meticulous task, but one in which I discover a unique sense of tranquility and respite. It's my way of metaphorically honoring the smallest and least among us. 

I take inspiration for these small works from the beauty of Mother Nature all around us, but I’m also inspired by dreams as well as the quirky personality and lively spark in the eyes of an animal. It is my privilege to share my love and respect for our natural world through my artwork, and I donate the profits from sales of my works to environmental and animal charities.

One thing I rediscover every time I paint is that each moment is magical and precious. It’s my sincere hope that my artwork brings you some of the same joy and peace I feel when creating it and inspires you to find the magic in your every day.

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"
Arrival"

© 2019 Tammy Kaufman
6" x 8" soft pastel on Pastel Premier

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 Wake Forest with her husband and their adopted pets. She celebrates the wonders of nature through her artwork, donating the profits from sales of her paintings to animal and environmental charities. Tammy has studied with Addren Doss, Karen Vernon, Rick Bennett, Dan Nelson and Kimberlee Maselli, and she continues to take classes and workshops to further her progression in the arts. She is a member of the Piedmont Pastel Society, Southeastern Pastel Society, International Association of Pastel Societies, Oil Pastel Society, Visual Art Exchange of Raleigh 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 including the permanent collection of Raleigh Parks and Recreation. She currently exhibits her works at Extraordinaire Art Show & Emporium in the Triangle Town Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as the Visitor's Center at Medoc Mountain State Park in Hollister, North Carolina and the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex in Roxboro, North Carolina.

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"Why I Love Walking in the Woods"
© 2019 Tammy Kaufman
7" x 5" soft pastel on Pastelmat

Exhibits and Awards
  • Ongoing rotating exhibit in the Visitor's Center at Medoc Mountain State Park, Hollister NC
  • On Common Ground, North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory NC, 5/4 - 8/18/2019 ("Through My Lens - Self Portrait"), Juror - Lyn Asselta
  • Small Treasures Juried Show, Cary Gallery of Artists, Cary NC, 3/29 - 4/19/2019 ("Phantasia"), Juror - Eric McRay
  • Art With Heart, Wake Forest Guild of Artists Group Exhibit, Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest NC, 2/1 - 4/4/2019
  • National Arts Program Annual Exhibit Raleigh/Wake County, Miriam Preston Block Gallery, Raleigh NC, 12/5/2018 - 2/15/2019 ("Pensive Soul")
  • Southeastern Pastel Society Online Members Exhibition, 10/2018 ("Magical Soul"), Juror - Kay Ridge
  • 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"), Juror - Dan Campbell
  • On Common Ground, 7th Annual North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition, The Art Shop, Greensboro NC, 5/11 - 6/12/2018 ("Ginger Wonderland"), Juror - Liz Haywood-Sullivan
  • 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"), Juror - Junko Ono Rothwell
  • 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"), Juror - Lyn Asselta
  • 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 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"), Juror - Patsy Lindamood
  • 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"), Juror - Elizabeth Mowry
  • 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 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 ("At Day's End"), Juror - Sharon Weiss
  • 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 ("Ghosts of Fallen Leaves"), Juror - Teresa Saia
  • 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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"In the Loving Gaze of Mother Earth"

© 2019 Tammy Kaufman
6" x 8" soft pastel on Pastel Premier

Professional Memberships
  • Pastel Society of America
  • Southeastern Pastel Society
  • Piedmont Pastel Society
  • International Association of Pastel Societies
  • Wake Forest Guild of Artists
  • North Carolina Plein Air Painters
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"To Keep a Sense of Wonder"
© 2018 Tammy Kaufman
8" x 8" oil pastel on Ampersand Claybord

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

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"The Lightpatch"

© 2019 Tammy Kaufman
6" x 8" soft pastel on Pastel Premier