County: Kittitas County
Grants for Artists' Progress (GAP) 2023
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Tarra Hall is a Central Washington artist and her oil paintings and mixed media drawings are inspired by the chemistry and science surrounding her. She held a dual interest as a child; driven to both the exploration of the natural world and the art supplies splayed throughout her home. She attended Big Bend Community College, expanding on that dual interest between the arts and the sciences. Tarra studied further at Central Washington University, double majoring with a BFA in art and a BS in chemistry. Her first research project, supported by the Ronald E. McNair scholars program, focused on the artistic representation of general chemical reactions through oil paintings and mixed media drawings. Since then, she completed several self-driven projects, ranging in inspiration from the science of pigments, color theory, flavors and aromas. She most recently held a local solo exhibit at the historic Clymer Museum of Art in Ellensburg, WA. The 2023 Grants for Artists’ Progress will support a project focusing on chemistry and science local to the PNW, and the artistic interpretation of those concepts into paintings and drawings.
Tarra currently lives in Ellensburg, WA, where she is a resident artist at the Gallery One Visual Arts Center. She grows her skills through workshops with local artists and exhibit opportunities. She facilitates local classes focusing on the foundations of color theory and oil painting, sharing not only artistic knowledge but the chemistry that can affect one’s artistic practice. In between work, Tarra enjoys local hikes, camping trips, and experiments with recipes to share with family and friends.
Artist External Links
Tarra HallWard, Color of Taste: Bitter, Oil Paint on Canvas, 8" x 8", 2023
Tarra HallWard, Color of Taste: Umami, Oil Paint on Canvas, 8" x 8", 2023
Tarra HallWard, Organics: Sulfur (S), Oil Paint on Textured Canvas, 6" x 6", 2019
Tarra HallWard, Oxytocin, Watercolor, Prisma Color Pencil on Bristol Paper, 16" x 20", 2023
Tarra HallWard, Flavors of Pumpkin Spice: Ginger | Zingerone, Color Pencil on Bristol Paper, 11" x 17", 2022