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Tara is a Minnesota-based professional street painter and chalk artist best known for her hyper-realistic and nostalgic creations.


She discovered her passion for chalk art while drawing on her driveway at home during the pandemic. Her art quickly gained recognition and she has since participated in multiple chalk and street painting festivals.


When she's not chalking, Tara has become a renowned pencil artist, specializing in realistic graphite and charcoal portraits. And in 2023, she completed her first large-scale realistic portrait painting. In 2024, she shared her own Nike customs she created and has since received multiple requests for her work. 

Tara Aiken, chalk artist pictured smiling while working

With a BA in Business Management and Sociology from Hamline University, and over 15 years of experience in learning and instructional design, Tara creates engaging and effective workshops, camps and tutorials for aspiring artists at any age and stage. Her infectious enthusiasm and energetic approach create a unique experience for all. 


Her passion for chalk art and drawing, and her extensive experience in talent development inspired her to share her journey with others on social media. Follow her to see up-to-date creations and plenty of tips and tutorials on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or YouTube

Tara currently resides in the Twin Cities with her family, where she continues to create and inspire others to follow their artistic dreams.  

Tara Aiken, chalk artist pictured working on a large scale chalk art piece at a street painting festival
Box of chalk pastels
Tara Aiken drawing a large scale realistic chalk mural portrait of Minnesota Twins baseball player, Byron Buxton
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