I am an Artist
I color with words
They paint my world
“My writing ~ varieties of death and life, children, keeping faith, and living in the city…
Taking a picture is my way of capturing what I contemplate, and contemplating what I capture.
My intention is to connect, comprehend, heal and laugh.”
- Tamara Royal, Author.
B I O
When Tamara became interested in real estate, she realized the only thing we truly own are our thoughts. She decided to invest in her intellectual property instead. Tamara considers herself an independent photojournalist reporting on life.
She values joy, anger, disappointment, peace, and sadness: the ebb and flow of living. She has learned to embrace them as teachers and blessings.
After experiencing 9/11, she witnessed the crash and burning black mushroom cloud and various fires of American Airlines flight 587 as it cremated all passengers. And murder her neighbors. Tamara lost friends to cancer, the devil, and these worldly struggles. However, her life was spared in two fires.
Tamara believes faith is our medicine. Similar to art and writing. Keeping the faith and continuing to write heals her heart and helps her survive.
She takes pictures because she looks to laugh.
Tamara bikes, skates and creates in NYC.
A F F I L I A T I O N S & V O L U N T E E R I S M
now Volunteer, New York Presbyterian Hospital
since 1999 Education Director, The Children’s Aid Society, NYC
since 2006 Member, NARRATIVE WRITING, Columbia University, NYP Hospital
P R O F E S S I O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T
2011 UMAST, Upper Manhattan Arts Services Team, “Best Practices For Artists”
2011 CUNY, “Internet Writing Markets”
2010 Bank Street, NYC, “Writing Course for Early Childhood Educators”
2010 Institute of Children’s Literature
2009 NoMAA, ” Technical Assistance Institute”
2009 “Uptown-Writers,” NYC
E D U C A T I O N
M.A. Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
B.A. Communication Studies, Minor: Health Science, SUNY Oswego, NY
C R E D E N T I A L S
Cornell University, Family Development Leadership Credential
NYU, Advanced Certificate, Executive Leadership in the Not-For-Profit Sector
Permanent Certificate, NYS Public School Teacher
New York State Cosmetology license