Adams, Tamara Scantland

Painting - watercolor portraits

I fell in love with watercolor painting over thirty years ago, when I saw it demonstrated in my first painting classes. I love the way it can show the luminous layers of color and light shining through (not heavy or thick).

My work is full of light, life, color & emotion. I work towards having the details detailed and surround the beautiful images of faces, hands, toes, flowers with flowing washes of color, softness, and striking contrast that comes with light and shadow.

For hair I usually work wet into wet, moving the brush strokes as the hair flows, curls, waves, or straight wisps!

Backgrounds are usually large washes of color that compliment the portrait subject!

I work with larger wide brushes first, then use smaller brushes for details.

I am moved by everyday scenes for my subjects…a child’s wonderment at a flower, the love we feel with our animals, a parent and child, a young lady or boy on the brink of becoming…endless beautiful memories coming alive in a painting to treasure!

Artist Tamara Scantland Adams has a love for capturing the beauty of life in her work! It’s the light, the light dancing on it’s subject. It brings dimension and warmth that I can “feel”. A moment, a beautiful, sparkling moment… Life is so precious and ever-changing. There is so much beauty. I love to take what I see and let it flow in watercolor.”

Tamara has won numerous awards for her watercolors over the past thirty years as a professional artist. She is known for her portraits…also having painted murals, furniture, fabric, logo design & illustrated children’s books for individuals, schools, libraries & businesses. She is a signature member of the Ohio and Kentucky Watercolor Societies, The Cincinnati Art Club, Life Member of The Transparent Watercolor Society of America,Kentucky Guild of Artisans and Craftsmen, Louisville Artisans Guild, Portrait Society of America. Her works can be seen in many locations in Louisville, Ky, Cincnniati, OH, & Statesville, NC For listings of upcoming shows, festivals, and locations visit her website

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