He Hoots, He Scores!


5″x7″ card and envelope

Linocut Print by Tara Anderson, Peace River, Alberta


Tara was born and raised in Calgary. She delights in expressing her quirky love of life through art, photography, cartooning and painting. She lived for a time in Vancouver where she took courses in advanced photography, film, cinematography, screenwriting, and directing. Her favourite course was storyboarding through Emily Carr University, taught by a man who drew Spiderman for Marvel comics. Tara keeps trying to do serious art, but her passion for cartooning sparkles through.
In 2010, Tara moved to Little Buffalo, Alberta where her partner taught on the Lubicon First Nation reserve for seven years. While visiting Java Domain in nearby Peace River, she saw an art exhibit by Mary Parslow from Dawson Creek, B.C. She especially loved her whimsical linocut art and signed up to take one of her printmaking courses at Northern Lakes College.
There were numerous photos available for reference, and Tara was drawn to an owl that looked like he was skating. She couldn’t resist carving a design of this character as a hockey player wearing a Team Canada jersey. He has a serious look about him (owls always do) as he prepares to take a slap shot.
Tara has written and illustrated two children’s books she is hoping to have published. One is about a chicken who runs away to join the circus. Maybe the next one will be about an owl who flies away to join a hockey team!
Tara’s linocut art print was created for a Print Artists North travelling exhibit, “Our Home and Native Land,” to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. We have a DōnaBōna card by that name that features eleven works of art from this show, including Tara’s hockey owl.