Nature and its beauty have been the inspiration for my work for many years. I am fascinated by the sensuousness of light. I witness the morning light, the filtered light through the tree and the soft haze of a fog capturing nature’s essence and communicate it with my painting. I consciously avoid elaboration, rather leave a soft mark that allows the viewer to fill in the rest…the way the fog slowly lifts on a misty morning.”
The newest series inspired by Reiki has taken a turn to abstraction; coming from a deeply personal place the work has an energy and freshness, a contemporary use of strong color used as a language to interpret the Reiki experience.
Tara O’Leary received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts NYC. O’Leary has been exhibiting her work for over twenty-five years in both juried and solo shows and has won awards for her landscape painting. She works in pastel, encaustic, acrylic and oil, and is included in many private and corporate collections. O’Leary’s Reiki series has captured the world of health and healing, and she is part of the permanent collections of The Mayo Clinic, St Barnabas Hospital and Hackensack Medical Center.
O’Leary travels Europe to teach painting courses in Italy, Greece, and Ireland.
O’Leary is a resident of New Jersey where she resides and paints from her studio in Maplewood. O’Leary also enjoys the remote peacefulness and view from her home in Cape May Point.