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With a watercolor brush in my hand I never grow tired of asking, ‘I wonder what would happen if?’” and then going for it. I make beautiful messes, glowing color, bravura brushwork and bold paintings by following watercolor’s strong lead. I paint familiar people, places and things to discover who I am, why I am here, and why that matters. After nearly forty years of dancing with this nuanced medium I know that my best work emerges from following watercolor's unique character and flow.

My signature ‘split primary, four-value, three-layer, hold the whites’ approach to watercolor is central to the workshops I teach. Twenty-five years of full time undergraduate teaching makes content organization and delivery, and individualized mentoring second nature for me. My focus on integrated composition, technique and idea-based teaching helps participants discover what and how to paint while they explore why they want to. I specialize in workshop programming for studio watercolor painting, as well as plein air travel sketching.

Schedule a Workshop: Read about popular workshops by title below with links for downloadable descriptions and visuals. Please ask about custom content if you don’t see what your group needs. To view samples of my work visit my gallery link and/or Instagram @tarasweeneyart. For pricing and scheduling email me via my contact link. 

Register for a Workshop: See my home page for upcoming workshop schedule.

"I’ve taken a lot of watercolor workshops but few with a professional educator like Tara. I now know it makes a huge difference in my learning. Thanks very much." -Dillman's Art Retreats 2019 participant, Painterly Portraits

Watercolor Portraits

Watercolor Figures

Play With Watercolor

Watercolor Interiors

Watercolor ZigZag Sketchbook

Download all workshop descriptions and visuals.



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