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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tara Esperanza earned a BFA in Painting and graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. In addition, she studied plein air painting in Brittany, France. Inspired by the light and landscape, she later moved from Massachusetts to Santa Fe, NM. She now resides in Oakland California where succulents grow all year long. Tara has exhibited her paintings in galleries throughout the Bay Area, including Mercury 20 Gallery in Oakland, Sanchez Contemporary Gallery in Oakland, Orangeland Gallery in San Francisco, and Marin Society of Artists in San Rafael. As well as Sturt Haaga Gallery in Los Angeles, the Museum of Northern California Art in Chico, and San Diego Museum of Art. She is inspired daily by the beauty that surrounds us and she captures images that live on through her art. All of the subjects of her paintings are seen through her eyes in nature.
In late 2017, Tara Esperanza was commissioned to make a large painting of particular succulents. Though at the time she had not paid much attention to succulents, she was a plant lover. As a result of the commission, she began paying closer attention to succulents on daily dog walks and runs. This quickly became an obsession and from there her series was born. She realized that she had passed many gorgeous plants for years and never noticed their obvious beauty. Now, she aims to make them seen through her paintings. Esperanza is interested in plant personalities. The abundant varieties of texture, color, shape, and how succulents change with the seasons. She celebrates their diversity, how succulents share space, lean on each other, or hold each other up. Esperanza’s paintings look deep into the plants. She aims to bring the viewer in to offer a new perspective and share her intimate viewpoint of succulents through art.