My name is Tara, and I’m an artist, teacher, writer and what I think of as a creative encourager.  

I paint in my studio by the sea in Cornwall, England; I write about art and creativity on my blog; and I run an art membership devoted to helping you uncover, explore, and develop your unique and true self expression through art.

Artnotes are the email equivalent of a letter from one artist {me} to another {you}. They’re packed with thought provoking ideas, behind the scenes stories about being an artist {and how to fully embrace that}, tips and ideas you can take to the studio, blog post updates, and occasional offers.

I know that it takes time to decide whether someone’s work, personality, and offerings are for you. With that in mind, I invite you to fill in the form below.

If you find Artnotes are not for you, it’s very easy to change your mind, and no hard feelings. 😊

I have been reading your last two Artnotes, and they are SO thoughtful, intelligent, and beautifully written, you really ARE a fantastic art encourager! I would encourage anyone who doesn’t already get these to sign up for them, so helpful to read. I could go on and on…but I won’t! Just wanted to say thank you. :)”

Jo Payne

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Pop your details in the boxes Artnotes – stories and insights about the artist life to help you find  your way, and practical ideas you can take into the studio.

PLUS – latest blog posts, occasional free email series on topics that help you as an artist, and new offerings, direct to your inbox.

“Thank you so much for your Inspiring Creative Artnotes. Sharing your knowledge in such a kind and inspiring way has really helped me to get back into it again, Yayyy! I have my Art Eyes on again, its possible…”

Janene Feasey

“Always enjoy seeing Artnotes arrive in my inbox – like a gift to my creative self! Thank you for sharing your ideas, inspiration, talent and wit.”


You have a great way with words, and paint. Your Artnotes are always a welcome inspiration.

Jo Murray

“Your encouragement has helped me hone in on the logistics. I’m far better a business woman and an artist because of your newsletter. Thank you for all you pour out to others. I find your work refreshing and fabulous. A lovely piece of the sea for me here in land locked Kansas.”

Jillian Sandcastle

“LOVED your Artnote message – all of it !!!! I can soo relate to everything you wrote {you are such a wonderful gifted writer, BTW :). Thank you for your generous sharing and your wonderful Free Up Your Art course – truly enjoyed every minute. :)”


I would like to let you know how much I enjoy your ArtNotes! They have offered me so much inspiration and some days even get me to pick up my brushes and carry on. Plus following your personal adventures is such fun!

Kathy K

I have been following your art notes for a long time and almost each art note of yours resonates with me! It has helped me tremendously with my art journey . I am a self taught artist and as such you can imagine the kind of self doubts I went through!! From accepting myself to be an artist to putting out my work on social platforms it’s been one hard journey! I thank you from the bottom of my heart as every time I was going through a difficult period and could not articulate what it was, your art notes popped in my mail box and it was there in your notes what I was going through! I have started to believe in fate because of you, as if you are out there to help me during my journey ????. “

Rajashri Dasharath

“I have been quietly following the wonderful artist and ‘art encourager’ Tara Leaver for a while. She sends out the most amazing newsletters!”