A love for teaching art = rewarding experiences

“My first love is teaching art. Art has transformed my own life. I felt a calling to bring the fulfillment and self-empowerment of creativity into the lives of others. Beyond the traditional “art school” setting that is often rigid and strict, I knew there was a huge need for a nurturing, encouraging, and positive approach to artistic self-expression. I enjoy sharing my passion, knowledge and love of art with my students. Every day is a joy seeing the enthusiasm of my students.”  

– Tamara, Owner and Instructor, TC Artworks 


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Meet Tamara

Tamara Clary Clark received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an Art Education Certification from Meredith College.  She has attended numerous teaching workshops in Art Education, decorative finishing and business management.   

For several years she served as a K-12 art teacher for Wake County Public School, Mecklenburg County Public Schools, and Charlottesville City Public Schools. 

Tamara formed her company TC Artworks in 1997, and then in 2016 opened her studio location TC Artworks in Raleigh.  From 1997 – 2016 Tamara worked with thousands of clients creating beautiful decorative finishes on ceilings, walls, floors & cabinetry for commercial & residential properties. Tamara also transformed over 53 commercial spaces serving as a commercial interior designer & contract manager.  Her work was featured on Extreme Makeover TV Show, American Biker TV Show, seen in local newspapers and magazines.

During the past 21 years Tamara has also taught children and adults in numerous Art workshops and Art camps.  

Thousands of happy youth have enjoyed TC Artworks over the years. 

Tamara's Art

     Tamara has been drawing and painting since she was eight years old. Through the 1980’s and 1990’s Tamara’s concentration was pen ink, colored pencil, chalk pastel, pencil and acrylic painting. The bulk of her work was creating commission artwork for clients.Tamara’s current work focuses on landscapes using Encaustic painting.

Encaustic painting”, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The oldest surviving encaustic panel paintings are the Romano-Egyptian Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100–300 AD, but was a very common technique in ancient Greek and Roman painting. 

Tamara says, “I love the layering of pigmented hot wax resulting in transparent layers of color. I have also had the vision of creating art that wasn’t flat or modeled with shading. I wanted the viewer to be able to see through the layers of color and really experience the depth of the piece.” 3 years ago, Tamara took an encaustic class in Santa Fe, New Mexico and fell in love with the technique.

“St. Martin Retreat”

2020, encaustic on wood panel

12 X 12 inches

by Tamara Clary 


“Kind of Blue”

2020, encaustic on wood panel

30 X 40 inches

by Tamara Clary

(1997 - 2016) Tamara's Decorative Finishes & Murals

From 1997 – 2016, Tamara worked with thousands of clients through out NC & VA. She often was contracted through high end building contractors and interior designers. Her commissioned projects are varied and have contributed to her wealth of knowledge of products, applications and techniques. Here are just a sampling of some of her work. 

“I love all forms of visual art and I try to ignite that passion within my students.”

Tamara Clary, Owner/Artist