Tammy Liu-Haller wasn't always an artist. In fact, for 15 years, she didn't create any art at all. It just so happened that she created a family tree drawing as a gift and those gift recipients talked her into changing her life course. She soon opened up a business centered around custom, hand-drawn family trees and in the six years that followed, she sharpened her technical skills. Eventually, her work expanded to include wildlife drawings, pet portraits and golf course commissions. "Even though trees brought me back to art, my love as always been with animals and that's what I am currently focusing on. There is something about bringing an animal 'to life' on a piece of paper...using nothing more than a pencil. I love the detail I can obtain." Pet portraits make up a large percentage of her client orders and she often donates artwork to those organizations that rescue, conserve and protect both domestic and wild animals. "It is very important to me that I use this talent to do something bigger in the world. My hope is to continue doing that, but on a continually larger scale". Tammy is currently working on a series of larger drawings titled: “Kingdom: An Animal Portrait Project”, that she hopes to exhibit in the next two years with the idea that they will raise money for multiple non-profits from one show. She is a member of The International Guild of Realism and her work includes both private and commercial commissions, with pieces residing in 10 countries. Most recently, her work titled: “Where It Lies” was selected as a finalist for The Allied Artists of America 105th Annual Exhibition at The Salmagundi Club in NYC. "I wake up every single day excited to get to work. There's ideas to develop, skills to improve upon and undiscovered ways that my art can help others. I couldn't be more grateful of where I am, even if I took the roundabout way to get here". Recent Exhibitions: ~Allied Arts of America 105th Annual Exhibition August 30-September 16, 2018 Salmagundi Club, NYC ~Transitions: Artists of the Hudson Valley April 7- 28, 2018 ArtBar Gallery, Kingston, New York ~The Art of New York: Annual Juried Show November 2- December 30, 2018 Arkell Museum, Canajoharie, NY
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