Tara Esperanza earned a BFA in Painting and graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. In addition, she studied plein air painting in Brittany, France. Tara was born and raised in Massachusetts. Inspired by the light and landscape, she later moved to Santa Fe, NM. She now resides in Oakland California where succulents grow all year long.

Tara is a long distance runner and she studies plant life on her runs. She is inspired daily by the beauty that surrounds us and she captures images that live on through her art. All of the subjects of her paintings are seen through her eyes in nature.

Tara has exhibited her paintings in galleries throughout California. As well as the San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of NorthernCalifornia Art in Chico. Tara has been featured in publications such as All She Makes Magazine, Women’s United Art MovementMagazine, and Art Seen Magazine. Tara has also been featured in The MAGIC Issue #34 of Create Magazine. You will find her at SuperfineArt Fair in 2024. Her next solo exhibition will be at Mercury 20 Gallery in Oakland CA 6/16 - 7/22, 2023.

"You Warm My Heart" by Tara Esperanza


I am deeply drawn to succulents. I love their character and plant personalities. The abundant varieties of texture, color, shape, and how succulents change with the seasons. I celebrate plant diversity. How succulents share space, lean on each other, and hold each other up. When I am caring for my plants, or appreciating plants in nature I find that space and time to be sacred. As I nurture them, they nurture me. Succulents are very colorful and expressive in nature. I recognize the plant power and the effect that the plants have on me. My wish is that the viewer takes a moment to be present with the plants through my paintings and develops a deeper appreciation for nature. I want the viewer to travel in their minds to a place of peace, balance, beauty, and comfort through connecting with my artwork and the natural world. I aim to bring the viewer in to offer a new perspective and share my intimate viewpoint of succulents through my art.

"Sunburst on Sunday" by Tara Esperanza
"Succulents #4" by Tara Esperanza
"SISTERS" by Tara Esperanza
"Number Three" by Tara Esperanza
"Nice To Meet You" by Tara Esperanza
"Heart Centered" by Tara Esperanza
"Dance With Me" by Tara Esperanza