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Tamara Rymer Bio

Painting the West with a Contemporary Edge


"Tamara Rymer’s art started at a young age. When she was 10 one of her art pieces was selected by the Texas Highway Department to use for their ad campaign for clean highways.  A self-taught artist, Tamara has always felt the need to create. There was never a lack of inspiration from great stories of her family history in the old west. Tales of her family’s Cherokee heritage have inspired her art to include Native Americans in addition to horses and cowboys, with most subjects coming from current experiences.  Mainly a studio painter, Tamara worked in oils early on, only to learn the craft of watercolors when raising a family to avoid fumes in the house. She acquired a love of the fluidity for that medium and continues both mediums today, as she feels they seem to fuel each other.


The first art show she ever entered with a watercolor, was with the highly touted New Mexico Watercolor Society. The painting was juried in and received an award. With the next two subsequent NMWS shows, and after just a year and a half, she had achieved Signature Status with the group, a fast accomplishment. 


Some of Tamara’s art projects have included commissions for Ramada Inn Hotels, and creating the commemorative art used for the First Annual Austin Pony Express Run, among others. She has shown work in numerous museum shows including Cowgirl Up for several years, considered to be the top women western artists in America, in addition to the C.M. Russell Museum show, The Russell. Her work is internationally collected, and included in many public and private collections including the State of New Mexico.  Tamara’s membership affiliations include, the New Mexico Watercolor Society, where she is a Signature member, the American Plains Artists, also a Signature member, and the Oil Painters of America." (Bio credit to the Kiwanis Charity Art Show)

"Rymer creates to lead viewers into her scenes, guiding their focus to the evocative elements that caught her eye. “I really want to hit my subjects hard, where the background is nonexistent or washed out,” she explains. “Maybe there’s a cloud or a sunset. I want you to see

what struck me at that moment.”

Southwest Art Magazine and writer Kim Agricola (November 2020) 

"Artists to Watch | Tamara Rymer:  Snips of time, here and now"

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