Tamara Ruiz is a contemporary artist working in a number of mediums, primarily mixed- media. She lives on a small farm in Nebraska with her husband Bob and a menagerie of rescued animals. Living in the Midwest her entire life - Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, and now Nebraska - has impacted both the style and subject matter of her work. Tamara works in two different, but related styles; mixed media collage featuring vintage photographs, and oil painting on a mixed media background. Her mixed media collages start with a background of vintage ephemera combined with modern aspects of paint and surface design. An enlarged vintage photograph comprises the focal element of the collages.
Tamara’s oil paintings begin in a similar way, with a mixed media background, but then differ as the focal element is a bold, stylized oil painting of iconic western imagery. She constantly experiments with new techniques, but starts each work with the same focus on shape, composition and color.