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Tamara Keiper

Raised in New England Tamara Keiper was influenced by her friend’s father, Donald Hedin, an illustrator working from home, and her great uncle, an architect and watercolorist who introduced her to painting and drawing outdoors. In college her portfolio earned a full scholarship in illustration but deferring that dream she elected to start a family, working from home like her friend’s father did.

As her children got older Keiper did residential and commercial murals. She continued learning by studying portraiture with Daniel Green and Bob Gerbracht; watercolors from Dan Petersen, Robert Wade and Rose Edin; Airbrush with Michael Casey and Art Alvarez (Disney); illustration from CF Payne (Readers Digest) and landscapes with Dean Packer, Stanley Goldstein.

Around 2001, with gaining recognition for her watercolors and teaching skills, she started making plans for conducting workshops internationally. However, with much international travel accompanying her husband for business, she continued plein air painting in two new mediums, gouache and oils, showing her work in Norway and receiving acclaim for helping design and fund an outdoor amphitheater in Mandal, Norway with her paintings.

Keiper has been competing and placing in multiple plein air events, most recently in the 2021 Capitola Plein Air invitational. She was commissioned to paint a 10’x31’ mural on a convex wall for Safe Food Alliance in central California. Her paintings are in collections of the Gallos and Marianis of California. She is a founding member of the Valley Sun Catchers (2001), a board member of Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association, and a member of Central Coast art Association, Monterey Plein Air Painters Association and California Art Club. She enjoys selling her work fresh off the easel, from the internet and is currently working on several themed shows in her studio.

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