Tara Funk Grim
Color and I have been on a long journey together, beginning when I was a child and filling in my coloring books with bright rainbow hues. The seemingly infinite choices on my palette continue to feed my mind, body, and soul. My work is about Going Beyond which means going past where I am, where I am comfortable and in the knowing. Going Beyond has no boundaries or restrictions and the possibilities are endless. It is the realm of intuition, imagination, and pure creation. Color is the tool I use to break down these boundaries, to move beyond my comfort zone.
My inspiration comes in the doing of the painting where I enter the magical world and language of painting. I love color and placing one beautiful color next to another. Content is often found as colors connect and create beautiful shapes. Compositions are magnified to create exaggerated movement. Line is used for emphasis and direction. The canvas can be filled with as many as 15 layers of acrylic, collage and big squirts of color squeezed right from the tube. My working method welcomes spontaneity, chance, and greater opportunities.
Meaning or truth is not often recognized in process or even at first glance. You must be still and present and look and listen. It may be different for everyone. This quest for what more is possible has fueled my passion for making art since the 1980’s.
I began my art career winning poster contests and painting on Atlantic City boardwalk storefronts. 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. My work has been featured in several publications, 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic, AcrylicWorks2: Radical Breakthroughs and AcrylicWorks3: Creating Texture and Art Journey Animals: A collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks.