Tamara Moan Tamara.Moan@yahoo.com
Tamara Moan received her art training at the University of Washington, earning a BFA in graphic design in 1985. She later received an MA in literature and creative writing from the University of Hawaii. She currently lives and paints in Kailua, Hawaii. During the last fifteen years she has exhibited her work in Hawaii and Oregon. The varied career that feeds her art has included jobs in libraries, book stores, a photo studio, and work as a writer, editor, designer, researcher, legislative aide, production manager, theatrical scene painter, usher, and massage therapist. Other influences are an enduring love of travel, reading, and the natural world.
For many years, Moan’s painting and print work focused on landscape. While more recent work has moved into abstraction, it retains landscape and plein air art making as its inspiration. “I’m drawn to the natural world and the outdoor immediacy of weather, changing light, the shifting body of the sea, the power of land forms. What I try to put on paper is my response to my environment, creating a tangible object that represents my half of an exchange with that environment.
“Making art is a priority for me at this stage of my life. It’s an activity that helps me understand the world around me as well as a means for sharing my experiences with others.”