Hi there! I am Tara Kate, an artist and illustrator. Here’s a little bit about my background.

My formal educational background includes a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where I studied behavioral ecology in birds. As an artist, I have done self-directed learning through many on-site workshops with artists whose work I admire and literally hundreds of hours of online instruction.

To supplement my self-directed training, I was formally mentored by illustrator and surface pattern designer, Dylan Mierzwinski in 2018. Also in 2018, I was selected as an artist-in-residence at The Arts Center in Corvallis, Oregon; part of that residency included developmental opportunities primarily aimed at improving the business side of my art.

Currently, I am taking part in a year-long course and mentoring program offered by Annamieka Hopps Davidson called Let’s Go Deep, which is patterned after the academic thesis year experience required for a BFA.

I work in watercolor, colored pencil, and Acryla Gouache as well as digital media (Procreate, Photoshop, and Illustrator). My work is inspired by my experience of the natural world and influenced by the emotional connection I feel with and for animals and the environment.

My husband, Douglas Robinson, is an ornithologist and professor. We live in a purple house in Corvallis, Oregon, with our dog, Rowdy.

Curriculum Vitae

Tara Kate


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Doctorate in Biology, 2000.


2019 Art for the Heart Pre-event Group Exhibition, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR; September 24 – October 4, 2019

2018 Residents of the Artist Accelerator Program Group Exhibition, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR; January 1 – 31, 2019


Artist Accelerator Program of The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR; Oct 22, 2018 – Feb 24, 2019


Robinson, Tara. “Prickly” in The Art of Being an Artist. Exhibition catalog. January 2018.

Scientific Illustrations in Published Papers

Austin, Suzanne H., W. Douglas Robinson, Vincenzo A. Ellis, Tara Rodden Robinson, Robert E. Ricklefs. 2019 “Figure 1. An illustration of the temperate scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea) and tropical crimson-backed tanager (Ramphocelus dimidiatus) in Nest attendance by tropical and temperate passerine birds: Same constancy, different strategy. Ecology and Evolution.

Robinson, W. Douglas, Christina Partipilo, Tyler Hallman, Karan Fairchild, James P. Fairchild. 2019. “Figure 1. First spring arrival dates of four bird species at Alder Spring, Benton County, Oregon.” in Idiosyncratic changes in spring arrival dates of Pacific Northwest migratory birds. Peer J: Biodiversity and Conservation.

Professional Service

2020 Host, monthly Marketing Meetup for Artists, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR