Painter Tamar Kander. Photo by Steve Raymer

Tamar Kander’s abstract paintings start with a textural layer that might include shopping lists, insulation, or the sweepings from her studio floor. After adding layers of paint and other materials, Kander declares each piece finished only after she has considered it in different settings and upside-down.

“I need to approach the painting with a clear mind,” Kander says. “It’s like what the Buddhists believe, that if you can get the mind out of the way, the spirit and the body can work together.”

Kander’s paintings hang in homes from Terre Haute to Johannesburg; in corporate offices in New York and London; and at the Indiana State Museum.


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