Born in Naples, Italy and raised in North Carolina, Tara Ott is currently pursuing an MFA at James Madison University. This study is part of series where models were interviewed, then posed within a space and painted to reflect personality traits that surfaced during the conversation. It will be included in New Waves 2016, an annual juried group show hosted by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach. Featuring over two dozen pieces in all mediums, the exhibition highlights some of the best contemporary artists in the region. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 29 from 6:30-8:30 PM, visit virginiamoca.org for details.