Tamara Robertson Art

Making art has been essential to my life since my earliest memories.

My artistic journey began in my childhood in a suburb of Houston, Texas. My earliest memories are of making art. Part of my home school education included frequent trips with my mom to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, introducing me to the great masters early on. By the time I was in high school, I was consistently winning art shows in the local art leagues as well as taking commissions for small drawings. 

I enrolled in college full-time at age 16 and trained as a graphic designer. I worked as a designer for several years until one day I realized I was only truly happy when working in the studio and was tired of life as a weekend painter. This led me to enroll in graduate school at Stephen F. Austin State University where I initially honed my abilities in the realistic rendering of subject matter. The most notable of these works was composed of representationally painted figures, fragmented and laid out into repetitive sculptural, multi-leveled blocks. This series was my way of inviting abstraction into my work, and began the process of overturning the realistic/representational concepts to which I had previously adhered. 

As I became more fully engaged in art study and creation, I felt something was missing in my work. In trees, I found the solution. I spent my entire life living in areas overshadowed by the grandeur of immense trees.  One day I “saw” my first tree branch: it had a sensuously curved shape, a beautiful deep mahogany color, and was amazingly smooth to the touch.  Eureka! I had realized my first abstract inspiration.

Since completing graduate school, I have continued to further explore these revelations and after several years of teaching art in college realized I could only be happy making art full-time. Having the opportunity to work full-time on art has renewed my discovery process  and I have discovered I am attracted to found and ordinary objects, repetition of shapes, and circular and spherical forms.

I thrive upon the influence of my surroundings. Many of my materials and inspirations have come from sojourns across the southern portion of the United States and the environment of the magical cypress woods surrounding my studio on the shores of Caddo Lake. I respond to this stimulation by inventing new techniques, acquiring new skills and making each new work innovative in some way. My work is fueled by a contrasting variety of concepts such as rusted and shiny, light and heavy, delicate and rugged. I hope each piece represents something familiar, but unexpected, echoing ordinary things and places while allowing for a mysterious encounter.

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