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.


In a nutshell, 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, 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 find out what I can experience without any initial financial outlay. 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:

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 twice monthly Artnotes. Subscribers receive a host of Good Things, like stories and insights I don’t share anywhere else intended to springboard you into new ways of thinking about {and making!} your art, and of course offers, sales, and first dibs on new creations.

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

Sound good? Then click here, or sign up at the bottom of the page 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, here’s a selection of the ever growing array of courses I offer:

Artist Inspired

The Pay What You Like Course! Designed to get you revitalising a stale practice and learning how to be inspired while developing your own painting language.

Expressive Charcoal

The question I hear most is, how can I loosen up my art? So I made a course to help you! 

Ten Days to Making Art You Love

This one’s FREE! 7 daily emails designed to get you shaking things up and becoming more expressive and free in your art.


The most popular one. :) A deep dive into expressive art, designed to get you loosening up, moving away from copying, and truly developing your own unique style as an artist.

“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

Want to see what else is available? Click here.

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