Artist Statement

My art is inspired by my three daughters and my daily life.  My daughters are passionate, wild, kind, free and inherently feminine. I can't help but to capture their spirit when painting. Through painting, I would like to introduce you to their individuality, personality, beauty and - at times - anger. I hope to cover your walls in color and fire, as they cover me every day.

I am Tara Kesner, a former marketer and graphic designer who now parents three lovely daughters with my husband. Though I started late in life, I have found true happiness covered in paint.

Full Artist Bio

Tara is a local artist, active mother and wife, living in Leawood with her three young daughters and her husband, Carmen. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a degree in Management Information Systems, and was heavily involved in the performing arts both during childhood and college. She had a passion for art at an early age, but pragmatism led her to a risk consulting job with a “Big 4” accounting firm. She worked in the audit environment for many years in both Chicago, and Kansas City. Somewhere along the way she realized that the work wasn’t meaningful.

I was producing nothing more than a report, words. I missed producing something tangible. I missed having creativity in my life. Though I was working for a really wonderful company, I just felt somewhat empty.

So she had a career change and entered the world of Marketing. She became a marketing strategist and creative director, managing the marketing division for a large private company.

She was able to leverage her visual skills in graphic design, advertising and branding. She felt fulfilled.

I then left the work force to be a full time mother. My children have been my entire world now for seven years. But my youngest was entering preschool, and I was staring down the barrel of having a quiet, empty, house several days a week. I realized I needed a role, an outlet, a passion - to fill the void that I knew would be left in their absence. I woke up one day covered in paint, and realized I’ve found my true love. I have always surrounded myself with art and beauty, and I’ve finally realized that I can contribute to the art world, and not just admire it.

She took up painting, leveraging her visual background and flair for interior design, and the rest is history. She is inspired by her family, by vibrant color, movement, dance and energy. She hopes, in turn, to inspire her daughters and others to pursue happiness in their work.

My art is inspired by my three daughters and my daily life.  My daughters are passionate, wild, kind, free and inherently feminine. I can't help but to capture their spirit when painting. Through painting, I would like to introduce you to their youthful energy, individuality, personality, beauty and - at times - anger. I hope to cover your walls in color and fire, as they cover me every day.

She paints energetic, colorful, abstract expressionist art in acrylic and mixed media, in various sizes and formats. She is flexible and available for commissions.