Tamar Assaf, artist, has resided in California’s bay area since early 2000. Assaf was born in Israel, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences. Since her move to California she devotes her time to study and create art.

 

Assaf grew up on the edge of town, close to the dairy farm and the orange groves for which her town was famous for. In summer hunting for insects in the rolling hills of wild flowers, in winter wading in the seasonal pond in search for frogs and tadpoles. As years passed, the town expanded. Housing projects, asphalt roads, concrete slabs and sterile gardening replaced orange groves and wildflower fields.

 

For years Assaf documented the loss of animals from the wild, but since her move to Gilroy in 2012, hiking the surrounding hills and trails, driving home at night in darkness, bright stars above and just the occasional lights in the distance, her painting interest has segued - from painting animals to paintings inspired by the surrounding landscapes.

 

Assaf’s artwork is her way of documenting the loss of animals from the wild and the changing landscapes.