About the artist
Artist Tara Reed followed a twisting and turning path to where she is today: a mom, a licensed artist and a teacher who teaches other artists what licensing is all about.
An artist by passion and not education – Tara has a degree in Marketing and sold college textbooks after graduating from Penn State University and before starting her family and becoming a 10 year stay-at-home mom to her wonderful son.
In 2004 she founded Tara Reed Designs Inc – her art licensing business based out of her 1923 Craftsman home in picturesque Portland, Oregon. She loves the challenge of creating art that helps sell products, teaching artists about the business side of licensing, goal setting and connecting with the press. Tara is honored to serve on the SURTEX Advisory Board – a premier trade show for the art licensing industry.
My studio is one of my favorite places in the world. I hope you find as much joy from my work as I do
so I never have to get a “real job” again! – Tara Reed
- When I was little I wanted to be on Broadway – but I can’t sing or dance so I had to find another creative outlet.
- I’ve found myself to be an unintentional Potato Head collector! It started with a Birthday Potato Head… later followed by Bride & Groom Potato Heads for my wedding (I wanted something fun!) and now my latest muse – Wonder Woman Potato Head! I can’t seem to get enough…
- I’m a middle child – does that explain some things? People often say it does…
- While I’m an artist and love color, I do love to wear black and am teased for it. (But I don’t care!)
Career by the years
- 4.2001 – Has first “art job” designing in the Scrapbooking Industry
- 1.2003 – Becomes a contributing editor of Simple Scrapbooks™ Magazine
- 6.2004 – Tara Reed Designs, Inc. debuts at their first art licensing trade show
- 7.2008 – Starts www.ArtLicensingInfo.com – which becomes a family of websites to teach artists about the art licensing industry. Other educational products for artists:
- 9.2009 – Bunco themed Party Kits featuring the art of Tara Reed Designs become available online at www.PrintYourOwnBunco.com.
- 6.2011 – Tara Reed becomes a member of the SURTEX Advisory Board