Tarra Lyons paints organic abstractions that vibrate with deeply-felt symbol, color, texture and surface to create a resonant visual poetry. Her imagery includes morulas, embryonic divisions, botanical forms, sprouting seeds, tubers, and plant life that emulate structures in animal and human life. Lyons is fascinated with the coexistence of repetitions and parallel patterns in such phenomena as microscopic cells and plant forms, arteries of traffic and insect trails. Even a paint drip flowing from one end of a canvas to the other creates distinctive patterning that reappears in the veins in the ears of a rabbit or in a marble slab. This interconnectedness of things man-made and natural gives the artist confidence in an overarching plan without human blueprint, and an outside purpose for life’s processes.
Tarra Lyons has a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Boston University and an MFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland. Her work has been exhibited at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery, the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA, Oakland Art Gallery and is represented in numerous public and private collections.