Tara Gill presents a delightful collection of botanical images from her portfolio. Enjoy, and visit her website to see more of her work.
I am a photographer and designer transplanted from Canada to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002. Being here has afforded me some amazing opportunities, including attending business/art courses for creatives at Creative Live.
Building my business knowledge has been a much needed focus for me to thrive instead of to just survive. Creative Live has selected me and 11 other artists as part of their inaugural Honor Roll, a great place for me to connect with other creatives and grow as a business person.
One of my biggest realizations is:
Every entrepreneur is an artist, every artist is an entrepreneur. Dr. ‘E’ (Dr. Elliot McGucken)
Many thanks to Ann Rea, CEO of Artists Who Thrive for introducing me to this paradigm shift.
“Patterns of Growth” is my most recent body of work. The underpinning of the work is my keen interest in dissecting patterns in life, myself and others. When approaching a new piece my process is simply being present in the plant world, and in my own thought/feeling world. Making new patterns with plants not only affords me a well-ordered intimacy with nature, it helps me to remember I can create new, beautiful patterns in my own life as well.
I build the photographs by placing the plant part on a white background. Sometimes designs are formed directly on the background, and other times they serve as the building blocks for designs in Photoshop. Most always, I use only one plant’s parts in the design. This is intentional. I want to celebrate all the cycles of one life.
In 2013, I placed 23 pieces of my work in the Sutter Breast Center in Santa Rosa, CA. It was a turning point in my career as an artist, because I understood without a doubt that art holds space for healing. Nancy Witherell was the art consultant on this project and is a breast cancer survivor. Nancy knows intimately how having art in a room can support, ground, and visually anchor a woman’s journey through the medical system.
When the last piece was hung she took me on a tour of the facility from the perspective of a woman being diagnosed with breast cancer. Each room’s significance in the process was explained. I was shocked. It became real. I was amazed by how art can hold a space. She knew, and now I know.
It is my intention to support my life with my art, continue to learn how I can best do that, stay in integrity, and thrive as a creative.