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. 

Meet Lu

Luella Harris originates from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lu & her late husband Doug moved to Raleigh in 1987. They raised 3 beautiful children, Christopher, Mathew and Jill. Lu & Doug spent many years as youth leaders in their church touching many lives. 

If Lu looks familiar you may have shopped in her retail store in Cameron Village. Lu & Doug owned Certain Things, a high end women’s clothing boutique,  in Cameron Village for over 24 years. 

We are so excited to have Lu teaching with us at TC ARTWORKS. She completes our team! Always bringing love, hugs and joy to our students. 

Lu enjoys spending her free time with her grandchildren Alexandra & Logan.

Hopefully Ms. Lu will be joining our team again in January. We miss you Ms. Lu!

(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