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Artist Statement

I’m happiest near - or preferably in - the sea, where I swim almost daily. The paintings seek to express the all encompassing but subtly nuanced experience of being immersed in salt water, surrounded by the natural world. The way the body feels in water, brought into the present by constant motion, alive with sensory abundance. There is nothing like being waterborne under a wide sky, with creatures and plant life passing above and below; a full 360 of immersion.

The paintings are a distillation of this multi-sensory experience. Liquid, dynamic paint layers of varying consistencies are combined with fleeting, but more carefully drawn, glimpses of recognisable elements. Together they allow me to share in a kind of eclectic, expressive shorthand the layered pleasures of immersion in water.


CV

Education

Porthmeor Programme at St Ives School of Painting 2018-19

Ongoing independent study {various courses} since 2008

Blake College, London, Foundation Diploma 2000

Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence, Italy 1997

Teaching

Online at taraleaver.com since 2013

Awards

Special Recognition, LightSpaceTime ‘Abstracts’ Art Exhibition, March 2019

Finalist, Fusion Art 3rd Annual ‘Colors’ International online exhibition, February 2019

Selected Exhibitions

Tin Coast Design, Penzance, August 2019 -

Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Associates Summer Exhibition, July - August 2019

St Ives Society of Artists Spring Exhibition, May 2019

Lizard Art Fair, Trelowarren, April 2019

Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Porthmeor Programme Group Show, March 2019

Out of the Blue Gallery, Marazion, June - September 2018

The Toll House Gallery, Lindfield, 2012

JAG Gallery, Brighton, 2011

Open Houses in Brighton and Hove, 2010 - 2011