Light-filled moments in time are reflected in Tammy Kaufman’s intimate paintings, where nature speaks with a whisper instead of a shout. Her works invite the viewer to observe more closely the tiniest details found in even the most expansive vistas, and envision the dichotomy of a simultaneously wild and tranquil world where time seems to stand still, a world sans the destructive forces of man. Pastels are her instinctive medium of choice due to the intimate connection of the artist’s hand directly to the painting surface, using luminous pigments created from the earth itself.
Born in southern Texas, Kaufman grew up in the Piedmont of North Carolina after traveling the United States and Europe with her family as a youngster. A former 24-hour endurance mountain bike racer, she currently resides in central North Carolina with her husband, Steve, and their adopted pets. Now retired from competitive cycling, she continues to cherish the wonders of nature through her artwork, and donates the profits from all painting sales to animal and environmental charities. Kaufman is a member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina, Southeastern Pastel Society, Oil Pastel Society, Fine Arts League of Cary and North Carolina Plein Air Painters, and is a juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America. Her paintings have been juried into multiple shows across North Carolina and hang in private collections throughout the United States.