“Where I create, there I am true.” Rainer Maria Rilke

Tara Leaver, artist

Hello, fellow artist!

I believe there is art inside you, the art that only you can make.

It might not feel true right now, but my experience and observation as an artist and teacher over the past decade has shown me it’s definitely in there – the original, authentic, exuberant art that is just yours. Not copied, not borrowed, not obviously influenced, but carrying your unique and distinctive expression.

And through the support and guidance from my blog, courses, and the Happy Artist Studio, I can help you to uncover that and bring it out. 

Welcome to my paint spattered world! I’m Tara, I live by the sea in Cornwall, and I paint, write, teach, and do a lot of what I think of as creative encouraging.

My approach is to create ‘sparks and springboards’, with lashings of encouragement.

You won’t find five steps to a photorealistic portrait here; what you will find is all sorts of practical tools and guided experiences to ignite your excitement, support your in developing your unique artist voice, and propel you into carving your own artist path.

“Tara is so passionate about what she does and so generous in sharing her process, you can’t help but catch her enthusiasm.  And she leads by example – constantly seeking to learn and to grow herself.  She has a wonderfully approachable manner and never sets herself on a pedestal.  And she’s a total cheerleader, super encouraging … always happy to give help and advice.”

Helen Agarwal

Dixon Hill

A bit of back story

For me the most valuable thing in life is freedom, however that might look for each of us. Freedom to be exactly as we are, and to express what’s True for each of us.

Because when we’re free on the inside, we’re happier, more fulfilled, and we have more to offer the world. I know this because of how long I spent trapped inside some very difficult circumstances, made worse by my own stories and beliefs, and how different my experience of living is now.

I suffered from mostly undiagnosed clinical depression for almost twenty years. Sometimes I was pretty high functioning, sometimes I was bed bound and it was all I could do to open my eyes and breathe. I lost my art for a very long time, partly because survival mode was often taking up all available space, and partly because depression at its most ferocious just doesn’t allow it.

Creativity is the antithesis of depression, and it can contribute to healing, if you let it.

I don’t experience depression any more, although I still deal with anxiety, and art played a huge part in the long journey out of it. Other things helped too – becoming a Reiki master, learning Tai Chi, finding a healer/mentor, intensive inner work, starting a new life by the sea, and making some significant lifestyle changes – but the art has been with me since I was old enough to hold a pencil, even if I couldn’t always access it.

Maybe you’ve never been depressed. But I’m guessing you’ve been through, or are going through, something. And if you’re here reading this, and are ready to commit to your art in a way that truly expresses you, I’m here to help you listen and take action.

Action is where change happens, and for some of us art is the doorway, the path and the destination.

Your art, and your happy artist life, is waiting.😊👩🏼‍🎨

How can I help you?

A quick look at what I offer

Ready to get started?


If you’re looking for inspiration and ideas before you invest, take a look at the blog.

If you’re keen to get on with making your own art, check out my ecourses, each designed

to address a specific aspect of the artist experience.

People who work with me tend to:

discover and develop what’s their own about their art

gain confidence and motivation

find pleasure and delight in their process

create art they love and feel satisfied with



Sound good?

Create your own adventure and click the images below to discover more!

Tara Leaver - blog
Tara Leaver - art ecourses