Working primarily in oil, Tara's paintings include landscapes, figures, still lifes and portraits. Her landscapes are painted en plein air -- in the Bay Area, Pennsylvania and Maine -- with an emphasis on atmosphere and brushwork. In painting the figure and still life, she strives to build form and create mood. She uses her understanding of and respect for traditional oil painting techniques as a starting point to express deeply emotional, painterly realism. "The key to my art is emotion. I want whoever looks at my art to feel something. That's what makes a painting or drawing powerful to me -- when I look at it and react; when I can feel it on an emotional and sensual level."