Tara Radosevich Biography
Tara Radosevich was born in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 6, 1990. At a young age she held a strong compassion for animals and the American West.
When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I told them, “An Artist and a Cowgirl.”
Drawing came naturally and she drew the wild animals she craved to be near in the North American wilderness, a far cry from her suburban upbringing. In 2013, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, focusing in Painting, at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL). While attending college she has exhibited her work in shows and local galleries in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Dunedin, and Sarasota. At that time, Radosevich created surreal paintings and drawings of animals as cathartic symbols for human emotions and experiences. It was not until near the end of her last semester of school that she began to self-reflect on herself and on the state of her art. This self-reflection was brought on by her recent experiences of volunteering at a horse stable in Lithia, FL and the tugging of some forgotten childhood dreams.
"I had begun to realize that the theme in my work was no longer making me happy. I grew tired and even disenchanted with it. It was the feelings expressed in those works, often dark, of anger and sadness. I became angry at anger. I was dissatisfied with sadness. Repulsed by my own expression, that at it’s time had its place but now I did not want to carry anymore. It was time to move on. Even my own art was telling me this-I began painting deer. A lot. Over the course of three semesters there was this slow, subtle, transformation happening within the paintings to the deer from exaggerated Surrealism to Realism encompassed in the small painting of a white tailed doe.
Though I still loved animals and symbolism, I was still figuring out what now with my art once college was over. Then, I checked out a library book, Wildlife in American Art: Masterworks From the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and was instantly enthralled page after page. I began to look at Western Art too, inspired by my love for horses. Horseback riding and volunteering at the stables really helped me to realize too just how much about myself I had forgotten. Things near and dear to my heart- rekindling my childhood desire to go West, live on a farm, and become a Cowgirl Artist.
It never occurred to me until then that I could exactly do what I originally began at the start of my life always doing. What God intended. To create works of art about animals, expressed simply out of pure love, fascination, and respect."
After graduation, Tara Radosevich returned to her hometown determined to further learn more hands on experience. Where upon she met sculptor, Mark Aeling, and painter, Carrie Jadus. She applied for a one-year term position working at their fine art gallery, Soft Water Studios, and worked as an artist assistant to Carrie Jadus. The skills, business knowledge, and experience she has gained working for both professional artists has only strengthened her confidence in her abilities to continue advancing within the art world. Currently, she works and resides in St. Petersburg, FL, pursuing her career as a Wildlife, Western, and Equine Artist as well as developing a Pet Portrait business.
Tara Radosevich has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine's: "21 Under 31 Young Artists to Watch in 2018."