Size: 24"W x 36"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2014
Ready to Hang
Simmons Mill Pond is located in Little Compton, Rhode Island and is a wildlife management area that has a wonderfully maintained set of trails. My husband and I enjoy peaceful strolls here while reading about the colonial farms and mill that once stood on this 445 ace property. I have taken many lovely photos here, but decided this one had to be turned into a painting. The vibrant orange of the underwater rocks and deep blues and pale greens reflected in the water help to accentuate the serenity of the day and this very special place. Edges are painted and ready to hang with, or without a frame.
My paintings are an expression of the beauty I see in the natural world. The world is full of inspiration, so long as you are willing to look. I spend most of my free time outdoors, hiking and kayaking in the small, lovely state of Rhode Island. I never start a journey without my iPad in my backpack - ready to take photographs of scenes, details, and landscapes that inspire me. Then, when a rainy day or a lethargic afternoon rolls around, I unwrap a new canvas and begin. I work my way from background to foreground, starting with my largest brushes and laying down a backdrop of color. I move towards smaller and smaller brushes as I capture all of the details (special thanks to my iPad's zoom feature), making sure that my painting encompasses the mood that I felt when I experienced the scene firsthand.
My name is Tara Castro. I am a lifelong artist, but have only been painting for the past few years. I find that painting is the artistic medium that lets me put the most feeling into my art. I truly enjoy focusing on details found in nature - examining the ripples that swirl and surround rocks in a small stream, the way the wind catches the leaves on a brisk fall day, how light reflects off a calm, still lake. When I'm not outdoors, hiking, kayaking and searching for my next source of inspiration, you will find me at the easel, paintbrush in hand. Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments, and thank you for checking out my work!