Being an artist is about so much more than just making beautiful work. It’s about uncovering you, expressing your distinctive voice, and creating an artist life that is sustainable and fulfilling.

The Happy Artist Studio

Clarify your artist voice, your process, and your practice, to create the happy artist life you’re dreaming of.

Tara Leaver in her studio
The Happy Artist Studio

​​​​​​​”I want to say a huge thank you for creating this Happy Artist Studio. You’ve already helped me such a lot by moving me on and allowing me to develop and take a huge leap to create the kind of art I knew I wanted to, but just didn’t have the confidence to tackle. But now being able to access so much material at once feels like a genuine luxury. I’m so glad that I found you in amongst the myriad of art support out there.”

Sarah Stuart

Hello! I’m Tara. I’m an artist, teacher, and creator of the Happy Artist Studio.

I help artists who are ready to develop their unique artist voice and gain the confidence to share their work through fun, thought provoking, process focused online courses, and a membership that supports your growth.

There’s no learning how to paint like me here. Our approach is lashings of encouragement, taking the time to explore, and flexible guidance to find the clarity, expressiveness, and ‘you’ style art you seek.

I absolutely love your courses – you fill me with encouragement and a positive outlook on my creativity!

Leslie Carrington

“Please don’t ever stop doing what you are doing. I have learned so much from you, your courses, emails and kind words. Things that if I had heard them in high school when I first started studying art I would have continued with it and not left it for twenty years. I appreciate all that you offer as an artist and a mentor and I hope you never stop inspiring people to just give it a go …. you have truly inspired me to keep going and I can’t thank you enough for your encouragement.”

Brooke de Canha