My series Chambers is composed of large-scale watercolor paintings on paper. Stairway and Winter Kitchen are part of this series. Mt. Pleasant, an 18th-century Colonial mansion in Philadelphia, is the inspiration for the rooms. It is a place that is preserved much as it was when it was built some 15 years before the American Revolutionary War. The house provides a clean and direct connection to historical Colonial Georgian classicism and symmetry. In my paintings, veiled transparent washes contrast with super-saturated but still translucent pigment; nothing is impenetrable. A plum-violet ceiling and bright spring bud-green walls are jubilant fantasies.
After graduate school and an almost-two-decade job at the New York design firm Smart Design (famous for OXO Good Grips kitchen gadgets), Tamara immersed herself in her artwork in 1999. Her BFA and MFA degrees were in painting, and recent large-scale interiors and landscape watercolor paintings reflect a return to this first proclivity as an artist. In the last decade, participation in open studios through artist organizations in Brooklyn provided exposure for her work to enthusiastic local audiences. Group exhibitions in 2010 (NURTUREart, Brooklyn Navy Yard Arts) and activity on sites like 20x200, as well as inquiries about work on her website, have all generated positive feedback and new collectors of her work. Tamara Thomsen lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Her studio is at the nearby Brooklyn Navy Yard. She was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1953.