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Tara specializes in capturing the beauty and emotion of horses in their natural environment, whether on a ranch or in a wildlife preservation. Through patience and observation, she uses her unique ability to communicate with horses — wild or domestic — through the art of photography.

The result is a collection of stunning portraits that evoke emotion and personality, whether capturing a single horse or a herd. In addition to creating a collection of photographs, Tara’s artistic nature enables her to create fully-customized, fine art pieces on a commissioned basis for her clients.

Tara hand-crafts each portrait frame or display to represent the horse and its environment. The materials she uses belong to the natural environmental surrounding the horse, such as reclaimed wood, recycled metals, saddles, horse shoes and the like.

Click through to view these wonderful works of art.

“Equinality”

Reclaimed Wood and Yokes, 5’ x 8.5’

This image shows another side of Deputy Glitter, a different view in a different moment – gentle, polite, reflective. This is the essence of Equinality – the range of emotion expressed fully, returning in the moments between to benevolence, as only horses embody and exhibit it.

SOLD – Jamison Ranch Vineyards

“Larger than Life”

Birch Wood Frame, 4’ x 8’

Watchful, easy, young mother. Now six, Tessa, a Leopard Appaloosa, came to us at age three off a Canadian PMU (Pregnant Mare Urine) ranch pregnant with Caramel, born a few months later. Mare and filly are still deeply bonded members of our herd. Now we feel Tessa resting into her own life in warm and (mostly) sunny California.

SOLD – Private Home

“Deputy Glitter”

Reclaimed Wood and Barbed Wire, 5’ x 8.5’

Unsure, wary, uncertain, on guard – in this moment at least. Glitter, a Thoroughbred mare now 17, won nearly $200,000 on southern California racetracks before injury ended an activity she really seemed to love. She was sent out as a broodmare, but could not conceive as she only has one ovary. Glitter is a high-ranking deputy mare in our herd.

SOLD – Private Home

“A Different View”

Birch Wood Frame, 4’ x 8’

Deputy Glitter, and all horses, see and sense all that is present in their surroundings, physically and energetically. Sometimes we can see what they see, sometimes they can see and sense these elements long before we can. It’s sight beyond the physical, subtle senses we also have and can develop, only horses trust theirs implicitly. Their lives depend on it.

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“True Freedom”

Reclaimed Wood Frame, 36” x 24”

This is Manteca, a 10-year-old Argentine Criollo bred and broke (literally) and trained to play polo. In Argentina, they still break yearlings by tying them to poles and beating them until they submit to bridle and saddle and the will of man. Manteca was brought to the U.S. by a young woman polo player from Menlo Park who saw her on a trip to South America and fell in love. They had many great years playing polo together until Manteca suffered a career-ending injury. Rolling for a horse is the most vulnerable, surrendered state they can engage in, it shows trust, confidence and safety in their surroundings. So for Manteca, this moment – and her life now – is a profound exhibition of freedom, and surrender. A different kind of surrender.

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“Truer Freedom”

Reclaimed Wood Frame, 30” x 20”

This is Manteca, deepening her roll, surrendering to earth and a good scratch, knowing she is safe, and free.

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“Larger than Life Two”

Birch Wood Frame, 4’ x 8’

Watchful, easy, young mother. Now six, Tessa, a Leopard Appaloosa, came to us at age three off a Canadian PMU (Pregnant Mare Urine) ranch pregnant with Caramel, born a few months later. Mare and filly are still deeply bonded members of our herd. Now we feel Tessa resting into her own life in warm and (mostly) sunny California.

SOLD – Jamieson Ranch Vineyards

“Deputy Glitter Two”

Reclaimed Wood Frame, 28” x 18”

Unsure, wary, uncertain, on guard – in this moment at least. Glitter, a Thoroughbred mare now 17, won nearly $200,000 on southern California racetracks before injury ended an activity she really seemed to love. She was sent out as a broodmare, but could not conceive as she only has one ovary. Glitter is a high-ranking deputy mare in our herd.

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“Dancing with Starr”

Reclaimed Wood Frame, 34” x 24”

This is Starr, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred mare whose life at her California breeder was only as broodmare (to produce foals – she birthed three, the last one with us), she never raced. Starr is simply gorgeous – quiet, raw, untapped power and potential. Her filly, Confieme, whom she birthed with us and is now four and still part of our herd, has one helluva engine in her hind end. Starr is explosive and expressive, with dance.

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“Without Apology”

Reclaimed Wood Frame, 30” x 20”

Cassandra (we call her Casey) is our lead mare – a position earned from a combination of knowing when to direct, when to hold your ground, and when to yield – a different kind of leadership. A fine Thoroughbred athlete, Casey achieved fourth-level in dressage before burning out emotionally. She thrives most through expression without expectation. This particular expression conveys a sort of streamlining – an ability to cut, fend, direct, and forge, fierce, powerful and clear. Without apology.

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“At Liberty”

Reclaimed Copper Gutter, 30” x 20”

This is Cinderella, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred mare with sensitive beauty and classic lines. She raced, was sent out as broodmare but did not “take,” was shipped around and badly injured in an accident with a rough trainer, and finally placed with The Flag Foundation where she's now at liberty, companioned with her herd and quietly attuned to the people who come to learn from her.

$1950Email Tara to inquire about purchasing

“Equinality Small”

Reclaimed Wood Frame, 30” x 20”

This image shows another side of Deputy Glitter, a different view in a different moment – gentle, polite, reflective. This is the essence of Equinality – the range of emotion expressed fully, returning in the moments between to benevolence, as only horses embody and exhibit it.

Sold – Private Home

“Running with Flag”

Reclaimed Wood Fence Posts and Barbed Wire, 36” x 24”

What do you see? Does he appear fierce? Worried? Focused? Does he show age? Or wisdom? All at once? Do we label a horse, a person, with one and only one look? Do we see and can we hold the complexities? Flag is a 28-year-old retired Standard bred harness racer – his registered name is Spicy Charlie – who was bred and raced in Northern California. He won 111 of 121 starts. He also possesses a mischievous sense of humor.

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“Eyes of the Sentinels”

Reclaimed Wood Fence Posts, 26” x 38”

Jodee and Christee, 6-year-old Belgian drafts, came to us from a Canadian PMU (Pregnant Mare Urine) ranch where they were confined in stalls and catheterized to provide human women with an estrogen replacement source until it was discovered that PMU was carcinogenic to women. We heard the horses’ call and took them in when those ranches were being disbanded and there was threat of selling hundreds of mares, foals and stallions to slaughter. Christee arrived pregnant; her foal died in her birth canal a few months later. She stood tall throughout the ordeal. Jodee wouldn't let us touch her, or take her halter off, for six months. Today they greet every visitor to Equistar Farm with watchfulness and curiosity. They are tall, wide, all-seeing, shy, silent, watchful, anchoring.

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