Tamara Rymer has only to turn to her own family’s history to find a deep well of inspiration. Her mind and her art have been fueled by stories of cowboys and traders, travelers and outlaws, horses and Native Americans who crisscrossed the ranch owned by her great-grandparents.
Tamara's G-grandmother was of Cheraw descent. She and family members moved to Texas after an Executive Order of U. S. President James K. Polk, allowing members of the Old Settler and Ridge Party Cherokees to leave Indian Territory for Texas. To seek lands which to settle and re-establish a government there in order to protect their lives and that of their families. A near civil war state had existed in the Cherokee Nation following the forced removal of 1838-39. The community they established was the Mt. Tabor Indian Community, which consisted of several different tribe affiliations. Tamara continues her ancestry research looking further into her heritage, which fuels her journal in art.
A self taught artist, Tamara's first art achievement came as a child, when selected by the Texas Parks and Rec. for creating a poster for the Texas Highways Dept. clean highway campaign. Multiple awards have come since that time along with Public acquisitions including that of the State of New Mexico, and Commercial acquisitions, including Ramada Inn.
Working in oil and watercolor, Tamara feels both mediums tell their own stories with the subject. Building layers and creating light, in both paint types, is a fascinating avenue.
Painting the west and further west, Tamara is also an avid snorkeler, capturing art from the Pacific as well. She feels the differences between the southwest and ocean-island environment compliment each other.
In public and private collections throughout the world, Tamara's membership affiliations include, the New Mexico Watercolor Society, where she is a Signature member, the Oil Painters of America, and the American Quarter Horse Association.
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