Tara Sood Biography

Tara Sood was raised in Colorado and Texas.  She travels and lives around the world along with her husband and 3 boys. Since 2011 she has participated in group shows through the San Clemente Art Association, Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League (COAL), Segil Fine Art in Monrovia, Altadena Town and Country Club, and the Randy Higbee Gallery. Recently, she has been selected for the Academy of Art University Spring Shows in 2016, 2017, and 2018, the Santa Paula Art Museum’s 2017 Golden State Splendor show by the California Art Club, the Small Works show 2019 by the American Impressionist Society, the 2019 Open Juried Show through the COAL gallery, the 2019 Academy of Art University's Faculty and Alumni auction at the Cannery in San Francisco, and the 10th annual     6x6-inch squared show through the Randy Higbee Gallery.  Internationally, she was selected to show in the 2019 Okiten competition in Okinawa, Japan.  She was recently featured in a group editorial on small works through American Art Collector Magazine.  Coming up in January 2021, she will show in a juried group exhibition of works featuring the Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego, CA entitled ‘Nature’s Abundance’. 

Tara is passionate about working from life be it outdoors, figures, and real objects.  As she produces art from life; the practice inspires and informs her current studio projects.


She has a particular affinity to drawing and painting the figure in portrait and full figure works.  The depth and psychology of her subjects are built into her pieces.  Through layers and textures, fluid strokes, and value pattern the essence of the person shines.  She works in an organic process often creating multiple renditions of a piece in charcoal or oil paint.  In her current drawing series, Drawing Interpretations in Portraits, charcoal and pastel are being explored as a way of interpreting the image of a person. 


An ongoing series in oil is entitled The Japanese Potter: the Art and Process. She uses oil paint as a medium to document Japanese artisans and their love of nature and its beauty, while they produce their pottery. She graduated with a Master's degree in Fine Art – Painting and Drawing in the fall of 2018 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California.