Tamara White is a physical part of her work. When she was younger, she explored the textures and colors of her grandmother's flower gardens. As she grew, Tamara watched her great-grandmother move charcoal across paper, squiggling delicate houses with bits of color across the page. Tamara went on to study every medium she could get her hands on. Her early acting led to work in textures as she became intrigued with the textiles used on stage, colorful and whimsical. Continuing to be caught up in visuals, watching a story come to life and connect with a person, White transferred into Photography then Advertising. Tamara returned to her canvas time and time again and so she began working at Abacus, a local Dallas restaurant famous for its collection of fine art and owned by local collectors Kent and Tracy Rathbun, to allow her more free time to create. With oils in hand, Tamara began to approach her canvas, piling on colors, creating work she says is not her own, but collaborations with the canvas. Now, in her studio in the heart of Oak Cliff, surrounded by trees and flowers like her grandmother's garden, the Dallas abstract artist spends her days mostly with her canvases--as well as the love of her life, Barb, with their two rescue dogs and some good wine--adding and scraping away, pushing and pulling, until the two, canvas and artist, decide the work is complete.