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Tara Sood Biography

Tara Sood was born in 1980 in Littleton, New Hampshire. She travels and lives around the world along with her navy husband and 3 boys. Since 2011 she has participated in group shows locally, nationally, and internationally.  In recent years she has exhibited with the Academy of Art University (San Francisco, California), the California Art Club, the American Impressionist Society, Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association, the Randy Higbee Gallery (Irvine, California), and the Oceanside Museum of Art.  Internationally, she was selected to show in the 2019 Okiten competition in Okinawa, Japan and during 2021 a selection of her works along with works by members of West Coast Drawing are on gallery tour through Taiwan.  She has been a finalist in the Members Show of the Portrait Society of America in 2020 and 2021.  In January 2022, she will be a part of a 5-person show featuring the Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego. 

Tara is passionate about working from life and is drawn to the figure as it interacts with the environment.   She states, ‘I think in paint’. The textural opaque qualities of oil paint on linen or canvas allows her brush to leave its mark and to build up layers of color that are analogous to the depth and psychology of her subjects. Her recent series 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 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. 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.