Artists Tara Kate
and Phil Coleman
Celebrating the Wonders of Nature in Art and Photography
March 31 – May 8, 2021
Corrine Woodman Galleries
Spring is here, and two talented artists, Tara Kate and Phil Coleman, share their works of nature. Tara Kate is an alumnus of the Artist Accelerator Program (AAP) Artist in Residence of The Arts Center.
Kate is a bird artist and illustrator. She creates highly detailed drawings and paintings of Oregon birds and their habitats. Influenced by her background as a field ecologist, she depicts subtle details with biological accuracy. She works in graphite, colored pencil, and acrylics.
Because I spend so much time in their company, I feel a closeness to birds, an affinity. And it’s that affinity that I try to convey in my work. It’s a way of trying to communicate not just their physical appearance, but their personalities as well. Part of what I love about drawing birds is showing them with biological accuracy. Graphite allows me to work in a more controlled and precise manner than I am able to do in other mediums. When people look at my artwork I hope they’ll begin to see birds in a new way. I hope that somehow my work will make a contribution to the conservation and protection of birds and their habitats.
– Tara Kate, In her double role as a scientist/artist
Phil Coleman, a retired physicist, is a member of the Photo Arts Guild. He works in well-defined bodies of work, but has and is always making photographs. He works primarily in digital media, pushing and expanding his skills and taking on new challenges.
In UPCLOSE, Coleman shows a number of his flower photographs. These images were mainly captured while staying safe at home during the Coronavirus. Photography was a major relief to Coleman to see that nature did not shut down. His garden flowers that he captured put on a superb show. His photos focus on close-up views of the exquisite and amazing details in the blooms. The symmetry, lines, and lovely color contrasts were especially appealing to Coleman.