Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2018

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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26 Winter 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Credit those sun-up-till-sun-down mountain-bike adventures, where she be- came immersed and inspired by scenery many take for granted. ose pauses amid nature's hidden grandeur, some might say. e break with her biking life — the re- sult of the strain of multiple crashes — was not easy. "Like having your entire identity stripped from you," she said. Her epiphany for an artist's life came on a June day in 2013, with a simple request to her husband, Steven. "Will you pick up some paint and watercolors?" she asked. He obliged. But disappointment was quick and mer- ciless. "I was terrible at it. It was horrible. I finally did throw them away." She tried dif- ferent mediums: acrylics, color ink. "None of it worked," she said. Even when she ventured into pastels, there was an issue. "I hated it," she said. en she encountered some hoped- for expert advice. "Honey, it's not you," Portrait of an artist Tammy Kaufman T ammy Kaufman, once a competitive endurance mountain-bike racer, is now into something, well, seemingly more subdued: in short, pastels. Her nature scenes, reminiscent of the pastoral landscapes of the English School masters, are a study in simplicity, focusing on the precious and often overlooked. "I don't look for the big artistic vistas," she said, "(but) what people walk by every day and don't see." PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RENDE Pastel artist Tammy Kaufman embraces the overlooked beauty of nature. "I think she's perfect in her imperfection," she said. A wooden hinged box, right, — once home to 20 Toro cigars — is now the artist's treasure trove of pastels. Pastel master finds the extraordinary in the ordinary COURTESY OF TAMMY KAUFMAN "Magical Soul"

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