About me.

I have always felt this inexplicable connection to the natural world. Growing up in Colorado, I spent much of my childhood in the mountains and streams in and around my hometown. Though I have many interests, my path has always seemed to stay close to my love and awe of the natural world. As a mixed media artist, I often use my experiences and observations in the natural environment as inspiration for my work.

Thanks you for taking the time to visit my site and follow my journey! If you have any comments, ideas, or explorations to share, I’d love to hear from you!

Tara Pappas is a mixed media artist and painter in Laramie, Wyoming. Drawing from her knowledge of fairy tales and folklore, as well as her experiences in the natural environment, Tara strives to create visual stories, embodying the timelessness of the fantastic and its connection with the ordinary. As a mixed media artist, she enjoys experimenting with a variety of materials and techniques.Β 

26 thoughts on “About me.

  1. Delighted you stopped by ‘over at my place’ to introduce yourself! I look forward to seeing what you’re up to here. Like you, I grew up in “outdoors” country (near Seattle) and am currently living in north Texas–I’d guess the Hill Country around Austin is at least a little less of a contrast to CO than NTX to the NW, but still–! πŸ™‚ My art-teaching days are over, but my art-learning ones will never be, so I imagine I’ll find lots of stimulating thought and imagery here. Cheers!

    • Nice to meet you too! πŸ™‚ I visited Seattle last spring and absolutely loved it! The NW definitely has some beautiful places to explore! What brought you to TX? I love Austin–and am really enjoying exploring the bits of natural beauty scattered throughout the city and beyond! Though I must confess, I always look forward to my reunions with the mountains of Colorado! Something about hiking there and breathing the fresh CO air just feels like home πŸ™‚

      From what I’ve already read of your blog, I love it πŸ™‚ Looking forward to further reading and inspiration!

      • Richard brought me to TX. That’s my husband, a choral conductor, and after a number of years out of academia in the pro/freelance conducting world he got a little homesick for student/colleague interactions and challenges, so took his current gig at UNT. I had left uni teaching (art, English and fundamentals-of-research stuff) over a year before and have been doing my own thing artistically since, so we had the flexibility to make the move.

        Yes, when we head up to the NW for family and other visits, we must include Mt Rainier and the water and such in the mix! We’re not hugely outdoorsy, certainly not athletic, but boy is it different being tethered indoors to the AC here. Winter brings welcome freedom. πŸ™‚ So glad we’ve connected!

  2. Hi Tara, thanks for the follow. I have to say I love your blog! You’ve got some creative insight going on here. Would love to stay in touch – you seem like someone that would have great ideas for Project Create. Please stay tuned with us and give us any comments/suggestions. I need creative minds like yours to help this nonprofit get off the ground!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! I was so happy to have found your blog as well–as I have a secret desire to eventually start my own business as well! I just don’t yet have the motivation (and courage) to go out and make it happen. So, reading your blog is most definitely inspiring! Best of luck with your nonprofit venture! I’m looking forward to reading more about it πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Tara. Thanks for stopping by my blog today & liking my most recent post. I’m glad that I clicked on your gravitar and found this blog. You’re doing very interesting work! Love the idea of the mosaic from nature. Finding inspiration in nature is something that I’ve just recently started to do with my photography. I may do your challenge, but I’ll be a few days (or maybe weeks) behind.

    You might be interested in this photography project I did last fall. http://fourdeeroak.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/you-never-know-what-you-might-find/ I tried to do something similar with seashells recently when I was on vacation, but wasn’t happy with most of my results. I just never found the right focus for what to do with them. Oh well; sometimes that happens! πŸ™‚

    Looking forward to seeing your mosaic project evolve.

  4. Hello Tara – I saw that you stopped-by my blog the other day…thank you for visiting and for letting me know you were there.

    I’ve enjoyed browsing through your posts…. I rather enjoyed the painting of the bee…beautiful colors.


    • Thanks for your comment! I wish I could say that the apple tree animation was mine—it is incredibly captivating! It was actually created by an artist for an episode of Sesame Street. If you click on the video, you’ll find the information about it on youtube.com.

      I love the paper-cutting idea for animation though! I’m hoping to try it myself, as I am only beginning to explore animation! Too much fun.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Hi Kenny! Thanks for stopping by. Like you, I eat, sleep and dream all things art! Thank you for sharing your passion with me, as I attempt to share mine too! Looking forward to reading about and viewing more of your work on your blog! Cheers!

  5. Interesting blog and lively too. Nice to know you have an “inexplicable connection to the natural world”. You are so fortunate to grow up celebrating Nature in the mountains.
    Best regards and cheers πŸ™‚

  6. What a wonderful background of experiences you have! I am also interested in education, art, and nature. I went the route of science field work and math education, and have recently renewed the interest in art that I have had since childhood. I am not sure where it will lead me, but my blog is helping me to explore my options!

    • Wonderful! Well, based on what I have seen/read from your blog, you are off to a great start! Your felting projects are particularly lovely! I’m hoping to give felting a try in a future art challenge!

      Thanks for visiting my blog–and best of luck with your own artful explorations! Cheers!

  7. Wow what a great blog! Congratulations on your recent Master’s degree! I’ll be stopping back to see all you have to offer. Art is an expression in so many ways and it’s great you are sharing your gift. Years ago art wasn’t encouraged in schools as it is today. I’m happy for the change in curriculum agenda for children. My son graduated from Cleveland Institute of Art with degree in Industrial Design. I have taken countless pictures of nature while visiting my sister in Montana and Wyoming. The environment is breathing taking. I will be back to explore your blog.

    • Thanks for stopping by! Support for the arts seems to be a constant struggle–particularly when the economy isn’t at its best! My hope is that blogs like mine and active ARTIST educators will inspire more people to get out there and explore and create!

      Montana is an absolutely breathtaking area as well! I’d love to see some of your photographs!


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