In a world overflowing with inspiration and possibilities, uncovering and expressing what makes your art ‘yours’ can feel confusing.


It’s time to move beyond being influenced by the artists you love, away from old habits of realism, and into art that more freely expresses YOU.


Tara Leaver in studio

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.

Want to get to know me a bit better and find out if The Happy Artist Studio is a good fit for you? Pop your details below and enjoy stories, tips, and insights from my own life as a happy artist in your inbox!

I truly believe what you offer is so special and unique. You give people permission to create without the academic approach. That is part of what makes your courses so refreshing! It’s the comforting and safe space you create for others that allows them to flourish.

Alauna Whelan

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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