Artist Tara Galuska

When Tara Lee Bennett was five she wanted to be either an artist or a unicorn. The unicorn plan didn’t come to pass but her dream of being an artist did!

Tara is a paper artist whose delicate and intricate miniature paper plant artworks explore interior spaces and the plant owners themselves. Born in Zimbabwe in 1984, Tara spent her early childhood in Zambia before moving to Australia. She now lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her two cats (and many plants). Over the last two years Tara has built a thriving art practice and business and creates artworks for clients from all over the world. In addition, she works with select brands to create custom work for their projects including Urban Outfitters, The Land of Nod and last year she lent her paper engineering skills to a commercial for Tide.

Tara also works with THRIVE Art Studio a place that creates community and support for female artists. She facilitates groups, hosts events and mentors women in achieving their art and business goals.

The Cat Report, Tara's ongoing project, is the worlds leading news source on cats Daisy & Bijou. Follow for breaking news, special reports & more.

A passionate public speaker, you can view Tara's CreativeMornings talk and PechaKucha presentation to learn more about her.

Tara would still like to be a unicorn. 


I get lots of great questions and I thought it would be great to collect some of the more popular ones here to share. 

How long did it take you to make that?

Forever! Actually, it varies. It usually takes me months to come up with the concept and story behind each individual art work. Then the time it takes to make the physical artwork can take anywhere from a few days to a few months to be completed. 

What is your process?

I start with a very specific visual idea of what I want to create in my mind, then I break down the layout into parts. I work step by step, being very precise with each cut and element of the composition. I consider the work to be most successful when the labour of craft is only discovered after the viewer identifies with the object.

What is in your toolbox?

What kind of scissors do you use? My favourite scissors are a pair of manicure scissors! They are tiny and have a nice curve to them. I also use a number of other types of scissors and blades too. 

What kind of glue do you use? I use Lineco Neutral PH Adhesive. It's great and was formulated specifically for preservation materials and will not become brittle with age. 

What kind of paper do you use? I use a variety of different papers from all sorts of sources and no, I don't paint it. 

I want to add one of your pieces to my art collection. How do I do that?

My work is available to own here! To be the first to know when new work and seasonal releases become available enter your email address here.

What’s coming up next?

I've got some big plans for my tiny plants! It’s not so much the lives of plants that fascinate me, it’s the lives of people with plants. This is what I am exploring in my new body of work. If you'd like to see what upcoming events and exhibitions are happening please click here!

Thank you for your curiosity about me and my work! If you want to be the first to know about all my latest news and updates please share your email address with me here and I'll be in touch.