Tamara J. Oppel
I have loved creating artwork my entire life. I've experimented over the years with different forms of visual expression through fine art and illustration. Although I have practiced using different mediums, I now work primarily in pastel. I have chosen to express myself in a realistic style. I have worked on perfecting that style over the years through my studies at Paier College of Art, by attending art seminars, as well as studying with local artists Bob Boroski and Peter Seltzer. I enjoy still life painting and love seeing how the artwork develops to tell a story. I also have a passion for animals of all kinds, but especially for dogs.
I have exhibited at the the National Arts Club in NYC, Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, Connecticut, Bennington Center for the Arts, Lyme Academy of Fine Art, and the Kent Art Association. I have been accepted into national juried shows sponsored by the Artist Renewal Center (ARC Salon Show), Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Academic Artists Association, Bennington Center for the Arts, Connecticut Pastel Society and Pastel Painters of Cape Cod. I've been awarded prizes at many of the shows I've entered, including Best in Show at the Pastel Painters of Cape Cod Exhibition, Best Watercolor and Best Wildlife paintings at the Kent Art Association. I am currently a member of the Allied Artists of America, Connecticut Pastel Society, Pastel Painters of Cape Cod and the Kent Art Association.