Fine Art Photographer, Artist, Nest builder, Creatrice
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Tara Wilkinson is an award-winning photographer based in Prince Edward County.
Tara has been taking photographs since she was 11 years old when she won her first camera as a papergirl for The Toronto Star.
Primarily self-taught, Tara has studied photography at Centennial College, Ryerson University and Sir Sandford Fleming College's Haliburton School of the Arts.
Extensive travel throughout her career in corporate communications … initially with national and international hotel companies and later with her own successful creative, design and communications studio, Fire Engine Inc., resulted in opportunities to shoot the world over.
Since 1998, Tara has had many solo photography exhibitions in Toronto and Prince Edward County.
Following the joyous birth of her daughter, she launched Love Nest Photography in 2004, offering women pregnancy portraits. Over three years, Tara photographed over 60 expectant mothers ... helping them to "Celebrate life to the Fullest". The "nest" in her business name sparked an idea for further creative exploration.
Tara's AMORE exhibition was part of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. Her images were showcased at the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery in Toronto. “AMORE” celebrated not only her love of photography, but also her love of Italy’s astounding beauty, culture and people.
Since 2010, Tara has won several Awards and Honourable Mentions for her photography. In 2016, Tara's image "In the Light of Loneliness" won both First Place (Visible World) and the People's Choice Award at the CLIC Photo Show. Shot in Venice, Italy, the image depicts an elderly man shuffling through a piazza, the windows in front of him beautifully reflecting the surrounding buildings and sky.
Tara and her family moved to Prince Edward County in 2007 where they opened two galleries in a magnificent barn and restored chicken coop on their farm.
The Love Nest Studio Gallery is the “incubator” for all of Tara’s creative explorations. Today, Tara's photo books, calendars, posters, greeting cards, framed and unframed prints fibre art nest sculptures, jewellery and more are available for purchase from her Gallery in Prince Edward County, and at select local retailers.
A proud member of the Prince Edward County ARTS TRAIL, Tara and Andrew have welcomed thousands of visitors to the Love Nest Studio Gallery and Andrew Csafordi Studio Gallery since they joined the trail in 2009.
The Love Nest Gallery is open 11 AM - 5 PM from April to October and ANDARA Gallery is open 11 AM - 5 PM Year-Round.
All works © 2020 Tara Wilkinson.
No reproductions are permitted without the written approval of the copyright owner.