Tara grew up in a small New Jersey town known for being the home to the historic Gingerbread Castle. Her artistic skills developed from hours coloring in oversized coloring books to creating whimsical images using colored pencils, watercolor, pen and ink. Her passions include creating art for picture books, chapter books and graphic novels. She teaches art to children and adults in her Eastern PA community, and is a SCBWI member.
Awards and Publications
-Ann Kulberg's 19th Juried Colored Pencil Members Only Juried Art Show
-People's Choice "Family Day"
- Urban Fences 2018 Banner for "The Moments That Matter"
-Ann Kulberg's CP Hidden Treasures Vol 4 Published "The Moments That Matter"
- Featured artwork on Ampersand's Instagram page October 2016
- Colored Pencil Look Book 2020: A Colored Pencil Directory
- Illustration Dept. 12 week Mentor Program, April 2019 - June 2019
- "Craft and Business of Illustrating Children's Books" class with Mira Reisberg, Summer 2018
- SmartDummies, Fall 2018
-Illustrator Intensive at Highlights Foundation, July 20 - 23 2018
-Illustration department 3 - week illustration with Guiseppe Castellano
- Gamblin paint lecture, Fall 2016
- Pan Pastel talk, Summer 2017
- Copic certification Level One and Flowers, 2016
- Ann Kulberg's Color Magazine 20th Annual Juried online show and print issue for “The Reunion”
- Featured in Banana Factory's Art of Storytelling for “The Reunion”
- 19th Annual Ann Kulberg Color Magazine online competition for " Family Day", winner of People's Choice Award
- 12th Annual Morning Call Juried Show at Baum School of Art
- Art Pop Online Gallery 2017 & 2018
- 11th Annual Morning Call Juried Art show
- Awarded honorable mention for "The Moments That Matter"
- CPSA online show, 2017
- EPaSCBWI Illustrator Day 2018
-SCBWI Day Hone Your Skills 2017, Bethlehem PA
-NESCBWI Conference 2014
- EPaSCBWI Conference 2010
-Emmaus Art Commission Best of the Nest Fundraiser 2018
-2017-Present - member of the Emmaus Art Commission
- Scholarship chair
- Fundraiser co-chair
-Emmaus Art Commission Gnome Fundraiser 2019
-Emmaus Art Commission SnowBlast 2017 and 2018
-Emmaus Art Commission CHAIRity Fundraiser 2017
-Lehigh Valley Arts Council Art Matters
-Forks Art Society Monthly Meeting June 2018
Moments That Matter featured in Artsy Shark Late Spring Showcase:
Lehigh Valley Arts Council “Why Art?”
EasternPennPoints’s #LoveMadeVisible Feature: https://easternpennpoints.wordpress.com/2019/02/16/lovemadevisible-the-bond-by-tara-santoro/#comments