Tara is an Aboriginal artist, who lives in Elsipogtog First Nation, she is of Mi’kmaq and Irish decent and is inspired by the ancient spiritual practices of her ancestors, searching for common threads in their rich histories and by her own personal connection to Mother Earth. Her art is her journey and her gift.
Tara studied at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, taking Native Art Study under the guidance of the now late Elder Gwen Bear, where she learned the traditional Mi’k maq skill of Porcupine Quillwork, then she continued to major in Surface Design where she embraced the techniques of Silk Painting and fabric embellishment.
She went on to receive an Aboriginal Creation Grant from artsNB, to produce a series of Silk Paintings inspired by the Mi’ k maq petroglyphs, one of which was purchased by the province as a gift to the wife of the President of Mali, Africa.
Tara has been working as an artist for the past 13 years, and keeps an art studio in Fredericton NB. She has participated in many Solo and Group Exhibits and shows, as well as passing on the tradition of sharing her craft to the next generation, by teaching in various venues across the Atlantic Provinces, including her alma mater NBCCD as part of the Aboriginal Visual Arts Program where she now sits on a committee who overview the validity of crafts and quality of teaching the program provides.
Her most recent accomplishment has been her participation in the group exhibit Over and Under hosted by Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto as part of the Planet IndigenUS Festival, the show runs from June 20th until September 20th 2015. She is also featured in APTN’s Wabaanagig Series, season 3 episode 1 Tara Francis: Images in Silk.