Tara Moorman: Artist, Writer, Divine Light
I am a lifelong artist who has lived in Cedar Rapids since 1986, moving here from Kansas where I was born.
I spent the majority of my life painting and creating art.
My favorite medium is watercolor for its magical qualities. Edgar Whitney, the founder of the modern day watercolor movement, said "watercolor does what we cannot do," meaning there is a quality of unpredictability about it, no matter how adept one becomes with the medium. An artist's ability to let go and relinquish control over their creations allows for wonderful and sometimes extraordinary results.
In my creative process, I invite a connection to divine light, which the nineteenth-century poet William Blake called "Peculiar Light." Blake believed that true freedom was based on the expression of each individual's internal radiance. By connecting to my inner light, I create in an attitude of oneness and unity that connects us all. I have found watercolor to be the best medium for the light radiance that I embody in my work.
Artist and Writer,
"EVERY PLACE, EVERY PERSON HAS A STORY TO TELL.
AS ARTISTS OUR MISSION IS TO TELL THAT STORY- NOT AS A JOURNALIST, BUT MORE AS POETS."
- MARY WHYTE
Peek Inside My Studio!
"Patty Waiting for Richard" -Tara Moorman 2016 My Mother, Patty Nation, Circa 1948 "We are links between the ages, containing past and present expectations, sacred memories and future promise"-Edward Sellner My mother was the bridge to my future self, to my grandmothers and to all the grandmothers before her. They and their legacy of strength, compassion, love and creativity live on in me.
We were together, I forget the rest.-Walt Whitman "Our Gang" Peggy, Me, Patty Batton and Kenny, Circe 1960 We were together and that's all that mattered
This painting of my mama, little girl on the left, my grandmother and aunt has been chosen for the cover of the book, "Letters to my Ancestors" that was published by the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. All the paintings in the exhibition and my writing that goes with them are included in the full colored book. They are currently available at the Museum shop.