Good watercolor is visual poetry; word pictures translated into color images that sing, or sob, as they stir the emotions of the viewer (Robert Wade, Australian watercolor artist)
Russian by origin, Tamara grew up in the Eastern Siberia near Lake Baikal. Prior to moving to California Tamara and her husband Peter lived in Europe for almost ten years. Traveling through Europe got her started on painting. Her European artworks are primarily cityscapes of the picturesque cities and small towns they lived in and visited.
Tamara started exhibiting publicly in 2009, a couple of years after moving to Monterey, where Tamara accepted a position as a professor of Russian. The fresh subject matter in Monterey County contributes to her inexhaustible excitement and enthusiasm for painting. The focus of her work here has become the breathtaking coastal scenery and beautiful and dramatic nature. Her special love is picturesque harbors and boats of all kinds. She finds something alluring and romantic about painting boats. Old and new, each has its own character.
Tamara says that the brilliance and luminosity of watercolor can produce some of the most exciting atmospheric mood. Watercolor paintings have incredible charm, with their exquisite subtleties, or incredible power, through their dynamic color. According to her, watercolor has the ability to excite or arouse the emotions of the viewer more than any other painting process.