June 27, 2022
Vibrant is a word often used to describe Tarryn Zerbinos’s acrylic paintings. She enjoys mixing realism and abstract art to create a world that is thought provoking and warms your heart and home. She pulls inspiration from the world around her. This includes the mountains of Alaska, wildlife, traveling, and motherhood.
Tarryn was born in Alaska, but raised in Wisconsin. It was there she spent a short time studying fine art at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, before traveling to Utqiagvik, AK where her love for Alaska was rekindled. Quickly her two week visit in Utqiagvik transitioned to a permanent move. It wasn’t until a few years down the road when she had her two children, that she realized she needed to get back into doing what she loves, which is creating. She now spends her time living in Anchorage, AK painting murals, windows for businesses, creating art on her down time, and exploring the backcountry of Alaska with her husband, her two sons, and their dog.
Can you tell us about your "process" / if there's a certain way you go about deciding your subjects/compositions - or favorite things to capture?
- My favorite things to paint are underwater critters and sunsets. I am in awe when I see a sunset in real life and I am so inspired to capture every color.
What is your favorite art form?
- Painting- specifically murals, there’s nothing like painting on a giant wall and then standing back to see the whole picture come together.
When did you first start creating?
- I’ve been creating my whole life but I didn’t start to hone in on my craft until I was around 17 years old.
What inspires you to create your work?
- Alaska is my biggest inspiration however I do tend to paint with my heart so whatever is on my heart in the moment tends to come out on canvas. When I was transitioning out of nursing my youngest I went through a phase of creating more maternal pieces.
What’s your favorite thing to see/do in Alaska?
-I love flying in the backcountry of Alaska with my family. We love finding little beaches to land on and camp on Prince William Sound. There’s nothing like the sea breeze and watching otters and seals play around in the water.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
-Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. The world needs your art now more than ever.
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