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After a two-decades job at a New York design firm, Smart Design, (the company that created Oxo Good Grip potato peelers) Tamara Thomsen now has a studio of her own and makes art full time. Prior to working at Smart Design, she earned a BFA in painting at Syracuse University and an MFA in painting at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Recent exhibits include New Perspective (New Concepto gallery, Hudson, NY), Spaces and Places (solo, 350 Bleecker Lobby Gallery, Manhattan), Particular Vitrines (public art installation, 35 Broadway, financial district, Manhattan), Personal Accounts (Long Island University, Brooklyn), The New Intimists (group, NURTUREart, Brooklyn).

She moved New York City in 1980. Her apartment is in Long Island City, her studio is at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

A selection of Tamara's work is included in Watercolor, Paintings by Contemporary Artists, a publication from Chronicle Books released in April 2013. Leslie Dutcher writes in the book's introduction:
" . . . Thomsen's rooms, as well as her landscapes, give the viewer the perspective of being fully immersed in their spaces--in fact, her watercolors are unusually large, some nearly wall-sized. They further evoke the palette and sparseness of a van Gogh painting--the post-Impressionist painter also worked in watercolor and created many distinctive works less textured than the oil paintings that most associate with his oeuvre."

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