artisan direct ~ Marsha Mills
  • Career Development
  • 1975—Fashion Designer for children’s clothes with her own company supplying to 5 states, named “Marshmello Windmills”.
  • 1979—Painted Murals in High Point North Carolina, the largest being 12’x28’, located in The First Presbyterian Church.
  • 1981—Became the designer using the design name of Tara for Cascade Company, in Sanford, NC, a kitchen and bath accessories company. The designs are still being used today. In 1983 left Cascade, after having a booth in the Kitchen and Bath Mart in New York was chosen as “one of the new up and coming designers”, to pursue a career in painting.
  • 1984—Started a career as a Commission Artist, which she is still pursuing today.
  • 2002—Began putting freelance work into print. The prints are now in 23 Galleries on the east coast from Nova Scotia to Florida.
  • 2008—Beginning 25th year as a commissioned artist.
  • Honors
  • Commissioned artist for the 100 year anniversary of flight with four paintings accepted at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. and the Wright Museum in Kitty Hawk, NC. Prints of these paintings are being displayed in aviation museums, colleges and airports throughout the USA and around the world.
  • The Italian Countess, Capzoni Aventi, has placed two paintings, “Airborne” and “Ballplayers” in the Temple University Museum in Rome, Italy.
  • The painting “Mother’s Patience” toured the USA as a part of the National Zoological Society National Exhibition.
  • Finalist in the Art for the National Parks contest with the painting of the Wright Memorial
  • Painting chosen to hang in the Capitol in Washington DC for a year
  • One of American Kennel Club’s National Artist doing dog shows throughout the eastern USA
  • Member of American Society of Portrait Artist
  • Philanthropy
  • Chosen as the VFW’s artist with prints presented as gifts to contributors to the VFW’s Relief Fund.
  • Chosen to paint a piece which raised money for the Rocking Horse Ranch, a therapeutic riding center for children and adults that have physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities.
  • Selected to paint the “50th anniversary painting” for the City of Emerald Isle. Proceeds from the sale of prints will be donated to youth programs of the city.
  • The painting “Frog Knight” was chosen for the Children’s Miracle Network to be raffled off to raise money for the children of the East Carolina University Hospital.
  • Guest artist at the Music City Futurity by Brooks and Dunn. Presented a black and white portrait of Kix Brooks and Ronny Dunn that was auctioned off for the Vanderbilt Children Cancer Research Department.
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