Want to make your art more 'you'?

The secret is in the process 😊👩🏼‍🎨


You want to love what you make

How do you make art you feel happy with in both process and outcome, without the formal training or old school approaches?

You want to express what's True

But how do you make art that’s uniquely and clearly yours, not the art someone taught you or inspired you to copy?

You want to loosen up

How do you stop getting tangled in rules and realism? How do you make art that feels free and expressive?

It's all possible!

Welcome to a place where you will be guided and encouraged to uncover,

explore, and fully develop the art that only you can make


If you’re reading this, you’re an artist for sure. {Even if you can’t bring yourself to use that word yet.}

My work? It’s all about supporting you in bringing out the part of you that fully knows and expresses that. The part that reveals your inner world through paint in all the ways that are joyful, rich, fulfilling, rewarding, and true to you.

If that sounds exciting but possibly like a tall order, you’re in the right place. 😊

I’m Tara, I’m an artist, teacher, and all round creative encourager living on the coast of Cornwall in England. I have an ongoing love affair with the sea {must be a Pisces thing}, and the general vibe around here is enthusiastic artistic explorations into who YOU are as an artist, dusted over with plenty of warmth and encouragement.

I started the #happyartistmovement because the world needs more of us to be answering the call to make our truest art, in whatever way that means for each of us.

For the full story, click here.

Tara Leaver

I don’t know about you, but the first thing I like to do when I land on a new website is get to know the creator and what their work is about. For some of us it takes a bit of time to get to know someone, so with that in mind, the first thing I’d like to do is invite you to read a few blog posts. Here are some of the most popular ones:

Why I don't think of myself as an artist updated
16 ways to make a painting more abstract, with practical suggestions to try
14 ways to be a happy artist

Well that was fun. What next…?

If you enjoyed the blog posts and feel as though you might benefit from some regular art and encouragement in your inbox, I also send out Artnotes and Happy Artist Thoughts on alternating Mondays.

Subscribers receive a host of Good Things, including:

  • stories and insights I don’t share anywhere else to get you thinking in new ways about your art
  • tips you can take straight into the studio
  • latest blog posts
  • new offerings

It takes ten seconds to sign up, and about two to unsubscribe if you change your mind at any point. 

Sound good? Then sign up in the box below, and I look forward to meeting you in your inbox very soon!

Want more?

Maybe you’ve already signed up and read some posts, and what you really want is to roll up your sleeves, throw on your apron, and get into some painting. And who can blame you?

If that’s the case, you’re going to want to check out The Happy Artist Studio. It’s a membership for artists who have racked up a lot of courses and techniques, and are ready to finally uncover and develop their truest art, and gain the confidence to share it with the world. 

The Happy Artist Studio is a membership for artists that helps you strengthen the two pillars of a thriving artist life: Process and Mindset

There’s no learning how to paint like me here. We’re all about the:

  • fun, thought provoking learning
  • lashings of encouragement and experimentation
  • and flexible guidance to find the clarity, expressiveness, and ‘you’ style art you seek.

If you want more art in your life, and more you in your art, you’re in the right place.

“I really appreciate all that you do in creating such rich educational material for artists. Honestly, you were the first course instructor I found and in about 2 years I haven’t found anyone who’s doing it better. Thanks for what you do!! I will be continuing to send folks your way.”

Taylor Lee

Got questions?

Visit the contact page, where you will find answers to the questions people most frequently ask me, and if your question isn’t answered feel free to use the form on that page to contact me.

I look forward to meeting your beautiful creative self!


“Tara’s art work expresses her Spirit so effortlessly and boldly.  And what I love, love, LOOOOVE about Tara is that she is always stretching herself creatively and looking for new ways to grow and be authentic in her expression.  What more could you ask for from a teacher!?”

Connie Solera

Dirty Footprints Studio