Tamara Natalie Madden
Tamara Natalie Madden was born in
"Born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica, I am inescapably influenced and inspired by vivid memories of the island and it's inhabitants. Not unlike the legacy of struggle many rural Jamaicans inherit, the struggle of everyday American Black folk persists. As an artist, I feel compelled to paint evocative imagery reminiscent of the
descendants of the African Diaspora who reside and survive in the communities of Jamaica and abroad. By painting socially realistic subject matter, I hope to raise my viewers' consciousness of the plight of the everyday folk, everyday survivors."
In 1997, Tamara was diagnosed with a rare genetic kidney disease called IGA Nephropathy. Over the next few years she would watch her body deteriorate while she tried to maintain sanity amidst all of the toxins collecting in her body. In order to maintain some semblance of normalcy, she began to create again. In 2000, Tamara took a trip home to
"My current medium of choice is acrylic paint, though; I will use a variety of media to achieve my creative goals. Because I paint frequently and rapidly, it is imperative that the paint dries quickly enough for me to layer colors and complete pieces, acrylic paint allows me to do that. My palette is warm and the bold splashes and strokes of color in ambiguous landscape settings, hopefully, add to the notion of memory in these paintings. I am driven to create by an uncontrollable urge to manifest these images that are constantly running through my mind. I hope to evoke a sense of warmth, understanding, and memory when I create. My work is progressive. I truly enjoy being able to paint what I feel."
Tamara uses self-developed drawing and painting processes to create, however she credits her mentors and influences for her artistic growth. Her mentors include Ammar Nsoroma, Evelyn Patricia Terry, Della Wells,
" My art is a reflection of my personality—vivid and buoyant."
– Tamara Natalie Madden