Tara Will Works

Tara Will

Hampstead, MD

Growing up watching the creative hands of my grandmother, I have always been fascinated with working with my hands. There is nothing more intuitive than having pastels in hand. There is no extension of a brush between my hand and the paper; and there is an immediacy that I thrive on.  I create work that focuses on capturing the essence of the subject. I enjoy a wide range of subjects, but mostly focus on the landscape, for my love of being outside. I was told by a mentor once, that “the act of painting is a transfer of energy”.  The byproduct is artwork that enters into an age old conversation between viewer and artist; a conversation I am honored to have with you.

I don’t seek to disguise reality with a saccharin, romantic veil of perception. I am attracted to extreme light and shadow for a reason. They inherently make the other exist; accentuating and informing. As an artist and viewer, I love seeing the process and human hand of the artist. There is something refreshing about an artist putting down marks in a direct, unapologetic way.

I believe in being authentic in my work. Once one forgives themselves for the things they see as flaws, they can take the parts of themselves that they love and express that energy to the viewer.

It is this conversation; this exchange of energy that I am excited to share with you.


Education: BA Visual Art and Philosophy, Mount Saint Mary’s University


Awards and Honors:

2022        Eminent Pastellist Designation IAPS

2022        Award of Honor, IAPS Master Circle Exhibition 

2022        First Place Shades of Pastel, MPS

2021        Mall Galleries London Group PS Exhibition

2021        Olmsted Plein Air Best Use of Color

2021        Door County Plein Air Artist Choice

2021        Exhibition IAPS Pastel Merit Award

2020        Best in Show, Easton Plein Air

2020        Museum Collector Award, Fort Wayne IN

2019        Best in Show, Shades of Pastel National show 

2019        Wayne Plein Air Works on Paper Award

2018        Chestertown Plein Air Best in Show, Artists Choice

2017        Int’l Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Bronze Award


Selected Publications:

2021        Southwest Art,  “Artist to Watch”

2020        The Pastel Journal, “Touched by the Light” June 

2020        Plein Air Magazine, “Turning up the Volume” April/May


Selected Exhibitions:

2022        Group PS Exhibition The Mall Galleries, London

2022        IAPS 8th Master Circle Exhibition

2021        Group Exhibition IAPS Chicago

2021        Group Exhibition Mall Galleries, London

2021        Solo Exhibition Church Street Gallery, PA

2020        Group Exhibition Mall Galleries, London

2020        IAPS 36th Juried Exhibition, Dunedin, FL

2019         Solo Exhibition, Delaplaine Arts Center Frederick, MD

2019        Group Exhibit LAA Collective Wayne, PA

2019        Maryland Pastel Society National Shades of Pastel

2019        Amis, Wayne, PA

2019        Philadelphia Watercolor Society Works on Paper Exhibit

2018       Solo Exhibition, Church Street Gallery, West Chester, PA

2018        Group Exhibition, Nova Scotia, Canada

2018        Group PS Exhibition Mall Galleries, London

2018        North Carolina Pastel Society Exhibition

2017              Group Exhibition, South Street Gallery, Easton, MD

2017              Group Exhibition, Carroll Arts Center, Westminster, MD

2017              Connecticut Pastel Society National Show

2017              Maryland Pastel Society National Show

2017               IAPS National Show, Albuquerque, NM

2015               Shades of Pastel National Juried Show, Washington, DC


Selected Collections:

Fort Wayne Museum, Fort Wayne, IN



Gallery 99 Westminster, MD

Paradigm Gallery Fort Wayne, IN

Plum Bottom Gallery, WI