Tara Fly wanted to be a cat when she grew up. Instead, she became a crazy cat artist, obsessed with re-telling classic stories from a feline perspective through her artwork.
“Jane Austen wrote (in Pride & Prejudice): ‘The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters’ ….. and thus, I paint CATS!”
She works in acrylics, using many thin layers in a technique similar to oil painting, onto stretched canvases and primed Masonite wood panels.
Tara has exhibited her artwork in group shows at the Washington County Arts Council, at the former Eight & Sand Gallery in Seattle, WA, and abroad in galleries in Scotland and Portugal. In addition to her originals available at the Co-Op gallery, she sells reproduction prints at the local cat adoption center, Give Purrs A Chance. Tara participates in several art festivals in the tri-state area, and donates paintings to an annual art auction held in Hagerstown, MD, (“Art For the Animals”) to benefit local animal charities. She also accepts a few privately commissioned portraits each year.
She has been interviewed by award-winning Catster Magazine (formerly Cat Fancy), and by the local Hagerstown Business Magazine. She manages the Co-Op Gallery website.
A 1998 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School, Tara currently lives in Hagerstown, with her husband and children, four feline overlords, and a canine servant.