Tara Good SicwerkStudio Backbay Studio Clyo Studio|
Born: 1970 New Jersey, USA
Tara Good lived across the United States and in the Dominican Republic, currently living in Sea Isle City, NJ.
At the age of 15, Good won the Congressional Award for a photo-realistic drawing that was featured in the United States Capitol Building for one year. She has studied at Parson's in NYC, The California College of the Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Ca and at Altos De Chavon in the Dominican Republic.
Good was one of The Top Five to Collect in Savannah, Ga. and continued to win numerous awards for her work when she lived down South. Then she moved back to New Jersey and had her work in several TV shows & movies. After relocating, serious health issues plagued Good. Still, this artist continues to paint on how mankind has impacted nature's environment with or without the human figure. Using acrylic, mica, watercolors, gouache, ink, and century old bits of text & images, Good focuses her lens on what is "ugly beautiful" in our ever changing modern world by utilizing her camera, computer, and printing stencils that are then hand cut, by the artist, and finally incorporates into so many paintings. As of 2021, Good's work can be seen throughout the South Jersey Shore; in numerous restaurants and stores. She has expanded her work using the ancient way of painting with encaustic wax. She continues to evolve her work with an expansive knowledge of combining pigments, mica, and glass into her wax recipe creating unique colors and interesting surfaces. This continues her focus on the environment around her, the coastline, the environment, and charity work.
"I'm very concerned with the American Artist's struggle. Galleries are closing down (due to covid pandemic & the high cost of running a brick and mortar space.)
Even the oldest art league in the country has closed it's doors permanently (Cape County Art League, Cape May, NJ.) The playing field has been leveled for artists (due to the internet,) but only time will tell if the work will be valued 100 years from now. So I shall create the best work I can, for even those who care less about financial worth...because then it's truly valued."
- Tara Good
After children, battling leukemia, and living with crippling health issues, I still create work and explore new mediums. I say "new," but encaustic wax has been around since the approximately 5th century. I've created a mixture of beeswax, resin, pigments, and other hardeners that will encapsulate the materials I either create or find. This will preserve the work. The dichotomy of the ever changing environment, frozen in wax, to last forever. My current work is meant to haunt the viewer, with memories of summers long gone bye. I want the viewer to create their own story for each piece. Some work is a mirror to the viewer's experience, a token that they were there. Some collections are experimental (2015-2019) learning all over again, with childlike wonder; anchoring the current work in the foundation of simple chemistry, limited natural resources, and of course (my signature) mica. I was in the right place, with the right work that people were willing to pay thousands for. Lightning in a bottle stuff. That moment most Artist's dream of. I know I'm that dark horse, who comes from outta nowhere, but there were things I missed, like giving back in other ways. Not just donating work for charities. Now its that time in my life and I'll help whomever I can to realize their passion. Like so many who helped me, especially from where I'm from...Sea Isle City (Townsend's Inlet) New Jersey
I'm striving to help locate space for artist, at all levels, to get eyes on their work. This is my time to give back to the beautiful, wonderful, incredible area (Cape May County) which has helped me for so long. I've always been there for charities because you never know when you might be the one in need. As they say in the Dominican Republic, "today you help me and tomorrow i shall help you." My on line presence isn't very strong anymore. Its certainly not because I've stopped creating. In fact, I'm painting everyday & night. I moved my studio into my tiny front room and can take breaks when i need to, which is quite often. These years I'm about patience, tolerance, and understanding. Create as much as I can. The work will go somewhere, eventually. Hopefully have a much longer life than I ever will...and I'm completely OK with that. My work gets thousands of eyes on it and tied to another's experience here. I'm not looking for the career I had before with reviews, galleries, and such. I'm creating because I enjoy it. If I'm on line, I'm not creating work. All signs I'm getting older, but more thankful than ever!
Current work on display at:
Sea Isle City, NJ
Sea Isle City, NJ
Artwork previously @
Chasen Gallery SC circa 2007
Cape May County Art League (America's oldest art league)
Cape May, NJ circa 1989
Fogle Fine Art
Ocean City, NJ
William Ris Gallery
Stone Harbor, NJ circa
Sande Webster Gallery
Several group shows including (but not limited to) Art Saves Lives (10/14-11/4 circa 2010)
"Art in the City"
Metals & Paint
"*New Work" 10/2003
"*Interior Miracles" 8/6-8/30
*single artist's show
3rd Floor Gallery
Group Show 2003
Telfair juried Art Fair
second place award 11/2003
Again in 11/2004
Dia De LA Raza
curated by Hilda & Jose Ettedgui
group show of featured artist/benefit for Patron of the Hearts charity
Abstract Landscapes (featured artist) 10/21-10/29 2011
Gallery RoCa Harve de Grace, MD
Oil & Dust (5 select artist show) 2006 (date/show to best of artist memory, may vary slightly)
High Street Gallery
The Prodical Show (single artist show) 8/6-8/30 2004
Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts
group show circa 2005
Azalealand Nusing Home
Mural work/mica faux finished walls
"Dead Body Found" (Art dept) currently on going feature film from E. B. Hughes
"Extreme Makeover" Home Edition
SO2E20/Harvey Family (donated artwork for project)
"Getting to know Us"
Feature film (artwork)
Press of Atlantic City "Extreme Artistry" section B pages 1 & B1
Millville News "Leesburg Artist has work on TV" front page & section A2
Savannah Morning News "Eroding Faith" section L 7 & 11
Savannah Morning News "Artful Shimmer" section L 6 & 9
Ocean City Sentinel "Artwork in the House" section C 1 & 8
"The Season Begins" page 2
Arbus Magazine "Fall Arts Issue" September/October issue 2004 page 9
Omega Muse,LLC "The Possibility of Art"
Bryn Mawr, PA
Sea Isle Times 2015 summer issue page 31
SICWERKSTUDIO (2011- present day)
Sea Isle City, NJ
BackBay Studio I & II (2007-2010)
Clyo Studio (2002-2005 Clyo, GA)
Tara Good has always been in a creative environment. Like many, her early years included work that isn't readily accepted by many. Good modeled/acted since age 15. She continues to support the dramatic arts, to this very day, helping independent film makers, hospitals, and businesses. Creativity is never far from her reach.
Movies/tv/print includes (but not limited to)
Ice Scream Genoveso Films/Derek Zemrak /Longwoods Gardens commercial Chia Pet commercial (Looney Toons edition) /City of Angels angel in library /Copy Cat sitting next to serial killer during during lecture/ many Bay Area student films and even many more commercials & films. Good is now retired from acting and is currently working with E.B.Hughes film Dead Body Found (working title 2022) "It's all about taking something, figuring out how it works, doing it (taking risks,) and having another see it, care for it, and this is from cooking to painting. Passion will drive the artist to create something from many things, completing it with their touch. Thats what makes an artist, to me" Good states.