Press Releases

a collection of my press releases…

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Local Artist Hosts Art Reception
Milwaukie-based artist, Tammie Painter, will be exhibiting over twenty pieces of her work in the gallery space of Clackamas Community College’s Wilsonville Campus. The show will run from April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017, with an artist’s open house reception Saturday, April 15, 2017, from noon to 3:00 p.m.
As an artist, Tammie’s love of nature shows itself in her botanical and wildlife art, but that doesn’t stop her from exploring other subjects such as the shiny curve of a car or colorful abstracts. Although Tammie has recently rediscovered her love of acrylics and is continually learning new techniques, she works primarily in colored pencil as this medium helps her capture bold colors while still allowing for the intricate details characteristic of her finished pieces.
Tammie Painter has lived in and around the Portland area her entire life. Despite spending years working as a chemist in a behavioral neuroscience research laboratory, she could never quite tame her desire to express herself through words and images. When circumstances provided her the chance to pursue an artistic career, Tammie seized it and has never looked back. Tammie has won a handful of awards for her work and is one of the artists selected to be part of the Clackamas County Arts Alliance’s Artist Exhibit Program.
Tammie Painter’s current show will run through June 16, 2017. The artist will be present at the open house reception on Saturday, April 15, from noon to 3:00 p.m. The gallery is located at Clackamas Community College, Wilsonville Campus, 29353 SW Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville, Oregon, 97070. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information please contact Tammie Painter at painterwrite @ gmail . com
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The Entry Gallery Hosts Tammie Painter’s First Solo Exhibition 

In her first solo exhibition, artist Tammie Painter presents several of her most recent works as part of the Artist Exhibit Program. Tammie’s work can be seen Mondays to Thursdays, 7:00am to 6:00pm, from April 18th to July 14th at the Entry Gallery of the Clackamas County Development Services Building (150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045).

Tammie Painter works primarily in colored pencil and has found this uncommon medium helps her capture bold colors while still allowing for the fine features and subtlety characteristic in her finished pieces. Although Tammie finds inspiration from any scene that happens to have an eye-catching detail or form, her work tends to focus on her passions in life: animals, plants, and travel.

This three-month event is curated and co-sponsored by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance. Samples of the artist’s work can be seen at http://TammiePainter.com.
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Fantasy Novel Brings the Greek Gods Back to Life

Driven by revenge, jealousy and duty, The Trials of Hercules takes readers into an unforgettable world of myth and legend.

Inspired by her interest in learning how history and myth interweave, Tammie Painter has brought the Greek gods back to life in The Trials of Hercules. In this fantasy novel, Painter reimagines the legends of Hercules in a way that adds depth, reality, and detail to these popular tales. The book is now available through many online retailers and distributors such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor and Overdrive.

Set in a world where mortals must contend with the gods’ cruel jealousy, in The Trials of Hercules, one man must ask himself if he will risk his own death to protect the goddess who has done everything to destroy his life. The book is the first of the six-part fantasy series The Osteria Chronicles.

Fans of mythology and epic fantasy will find themselves pulled into the world and drawn to the dynamic characters Painter has created. Early readers have expressed great enthusiasm for the book:

  • “This book was a pleasant surprise! I was immediately pulled in within the first few pages.”
  • “It is interesting to get an inside look into the minds of the gods and realize that they may be powerful, but also more human than expected.”
  • “For anyone who enjoys fantasy or history this is a book for you! An outstanding book! Very well written, engaging and truly a fun and enjoyable book to read.” 
  • “I would gladly recommend this to anyone interested in fantasy, Greek mythology, or just a good read in general.”
  • “I have to admit, I actually found myself clenching my fists a few times when Herc did.”
  • “This book has many human ideals like heroism, corruption, love, and vindictiveness. I recommend everyone to read this.”
  • “…this book kept me turning pages the whole way through like any guilty pleasure.”

Tammie Painter enjoys retelling and reviving ancient legends through new stories. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and has earned several honors. The Trials of Hercules received honorable mention in the 2013 Joanna Catherine Scott Novel Excerpt contest (part of PEN American Women).

Visit TammiePainter.com/the-trials-of-hercules/ for full details about the book, reviews, cover images, and an author Q & A. The author is available for interviews, presentations and book signings.

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Going Native helps you create a healthy, bird-friendly garden that saves time and money.

Portland, OregonDoes a garden that requires little work, saves you money and protects the environment sound good? Would you also like a garden that’s healthy and thriving year round? Then Going Native is for you.

Now available in hard copy at Amazon.com and as an e-book on Amazon.com, iTunes.com and BarnesandNoble.com is Going Native – Small Steps to a Healthy Garden. This is the latest release from author Tammie Painter. Going Native encourages the use of native plants to build an organic garden that protects native wildlife, conserves resources and keeps chemicals out of the ecosystem.

“Although we may think of our garden as our own little oasis, it’s important to realize that the plants we choose and how we care for them have long-lasting effects on our ecosystem,” Painter says. Going Native is an entertaining and informative guide for experienced gardeners who want to revitalize their gardens and for beginning gardeners who want to build sound gardening practices.

In Going Native, Painter shows how small changes in the plants we choose can create a healthier garden. Going Native guides the reader through the benefits of going native, provides tips on how to plan a native garden, and helps gardeners get their native garden off to the best start possible. In addition, Going Native teaches the basics of eco-friendly gardening such as controlling invasive plants, going chemical free, dealing with pests, rethinking the lawn, attracting wildlife and more.

Reviews of Going Native highlight the book’s appeal to both experienced and novice gardeners:

“This book builds a strong scientific foundation for choosing and nurturing native plants coupled with a reader-friendly writing style which makes the information accessible to gardeners with varied levels of expertise. —Susan from Goodreads.com

“I found Going Native to be a very approachable guide on gardening. The advice was practical and informative without being preachy or stuffy. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting good practical garden advice.” —Beth from Goodreads.com

With over 80 full color photos and regional lists of native plants, Going Native provides plenty of inspiration for the native garden. Although written with gardeners from the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada in mind, gardeners everywhere can use Going Native’s tips and information to create a healthy, low maintenance garden.

Going Native is currently available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and most other book e-retailers. To learn more about Going Native, visit Painter’s website at TammiePainter.com/Going-Native.

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Simple cheese making made even easier with release of new edition of top-selling book.

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New book release: Simply Soft Cheese – Cheese Making Made Quick & Easy, Second edition

Portland, Oregon – Now available in hard copy at Amazon and as an e-book on Amazon, ITunes, Barnes & Noble, and many other e-book retailers is the second edition of Simply Soft Cheese – Cheese Making Made Quick & Easy. This second edition of the top-selling book features metric measurements to make cheese making even easier for cheese lovers outside of the U.S.

Simply Soft Cheese is for anyone who has been curious about making cheese at home, but has been too wary to try. Painter uses a dose of humor mixed in with plenty of advice and tips to guide the beginning cheese maker through a dozen soft cheeses. Each recipe requires less than an hour of work and many can be made with basic kitchen tools and ingredients. Because some of the cheeses may be new to the reader, each chapter features a recipe to teach readers how to use the cheese they’ve just created.

Painter states: “I can’t believe how much the world loves its cheese! Simply Soft Cheese is still my top selling book by a landslide and about half the sales are to cheese makers outside of the U.S. Unfortunately, I hadn’t planned on the book being such a worldwide success and wrote it with only English measurements. I now realize how very U.S.-centric that was and have released a second edition that includes metric equivalents for all measurements and temperatures.”

This is Painter’s fifth non-fiction book and once again highlights her style of clear instruction with a mix of humor to keep things from getting dull. The second edition will save the world’s cheese makers time since they will no longer need to convert and calculate as they make their cheese. For users of English measurements, don’t worry, they are all still there.

Simply Soft Cheese is currently available on Amazon.com. iTunes and bn.com. A visual tour of Simply Soft Cheese can be taken at Pinterest (pinterest.com/tammiepainter/simply-soft-cheese), and Painter’s website (TammiePainter.com) offers a free recipe for people who can’t wait to get started.

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New book release: Simply Soft Cheese – Cheese Making Made Quick & Easy

Portland, Oregon – Now available in hard copy at Amazon.com and as an e-book on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com is Simply Soft Cheese – Cheese Making Made Quick & Easy. This is the latest release from Portland-based author Tammie Painter.

Simply Soft Cheese is for anyone who has been curious about making cheese at home, but has been too wary to try. Painter uses a dose of humor mixed in with plenty of advice and tips to guide the beginning cheese maker through a dozen soft cheeses. Each recipe requires less than an hour of work and many can be made with basic kitchen tools and ingredients. Because some of the cheeses may be new to the reader, each chapter features a recipe to teach readers how to use the cheese they’ve just created.

Painter states: “I’ve been making cheeses ranging from ricotta to Romano, paneer to Parmesan for several years. I’m thrilled with my to-die-for hard cheeses, but the near-instant gratification of making soft cheese puts them higher on my list of cheeses I routinely make. And, regardless how many times I make the soft cheeses presented in this book, I’m amazed at how a process so simple can yield something so delicious.”

This is Painter’s third self-published non-fiction book and once again highlights her style of clear instruction with a mix of humor to keep things from getting dull.

Simply Soft Cheese is currently available on Amazon.com and bn.com. A visual tour of Simply Soft Cheese can be taken at Pinterest (pinterest.com/tammiepainter/simply-soft-cheese) and an excerpt can be read on Goodreads.com by searching for “Simply Soft Cheese.” Painter’s website (TammiePainter.com) also offers a free recipe for people who can’t wait to get started.

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New book release: 13th Hour – Tales from Light to Midnight

Portland, Oregon – Now available in hard copy at Amazon.com and as an e-book on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com is 13th Hour – Tales from Light to Midnight. This is the latest release from Oregon-based author Tammie Painter.

Painter states, “To bring readers into the quirky world of my hometown, many of the stories in 13th Hour are set in Portland, Oregon. In addition, a third of the tales have earned awards and honors from various sources.”

13th Hour – Tales from Light to Midnight, ticks through 17 pieces of short fiction to explore such questions as…

  •    Can you dream forever?
  •    What is it really like working for the gods?
  •    What would you do for love? Or for revenge?
  •    Do ancient creatures still stalk the earth?
  •    How are our lives woven together?
  •    What is your family’s darkest secret?
  • …and many more.

To appeal to a wide audience, 13th Hour‘s collection of stories are divided into four sections: Light, Love (and Revenge) in the Afternoon, Evening and Midnight. Horror fans will tear into the stores in Midnight; those more keen on human relationships will adore the stories in Love (and Revenge) in the Afternoon; Light features humorous stories with a twist and Evening takes the reader to more serious speculations of fate and family.

This is Painter’s first published collection of fiction and her fourth published book. So sit down, unwind your clocks and delve into the 13th Hour.

13th Hour is currently available on Amazon.com and bn.com. A free full-length story from 13th Hour can be read on Painter’s website (TammiePainter.com) and visual tour of the book’s stories can be taken at Pinterest (pinterest.com/tammiepainter/13th-hour) .

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New book release: Easy Preserving – Simple Ways to Save Your Bounty

Easy Preserving…it’s not your grandma’s canning guide!

Portland, Oregon – Now available in hard copy at Amazon.com and as an e-book on Amazon.com, Smashwords.com and BarnesandNoble.com is Easy Preserving – Simple Ways to Save Your Bounty. This handy guide comes from Portland-based author Tammie Painter.

Regardless of your level of kitchen expertise or experience with food preservation, Easy Preserving, teaches you that there’s no need to spend hours in the kitchen to save the taste of summer whether the fruits and vegetables came from your garden, the farmer’s market or the grocery store. Full of humor and a dose of sarcasm, Easy Preserving entertains as you learn how to save your bounty.

Painter states: “Easy Preserving is an excellent guide for those of us who have busy schedules but still want to save fruits, herbs and vegetables for later use. Instead of time-consuming traditional preservation methods such as canning or curing, Easy Preserving‘s methods take less time, require less equipment and yield safe and reliable results. I’ve employed each of the methods covered in Easy Preserving over the years and find them very user- and novice-friendly. And the results are fabulous. throughout the winter I use frozen basil in sauces, dried tomatoes on sandwiches and I can’t remember the last time I bought a jar of jam.

This is one of Painter’s three self-published non-fiction books and once again highlights her style of providing clear instructions with a generous dose of humor to keep things from getting dull.

Easy Preserving is currently available on Amazon.com, Smashwords.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Painter’s website (TammiePainter.com/Easy-Preserving/) offers full details about the book and a free recipe for anyone who can’t wait to start saving their bounty.

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Soup e-cookbook teaches anyone how to make healthy soup into a meal.

Of interest to journalists and editors covering: E-books, Home Cooking, Beginning Cooks, Easy Recipes

PORTLAND, OR

Soup for You provides cooks of any ability, from beginner to expert, easy and healthy recipes for a dozen soups and advice for how to make the soups into a meal. The recipes start out vegetarian and offer suggestions for carnivores. The intention of the book is to offer basic recipes that, as you learn to cook them, you can change them to make them your own, or leave them in their original – and delicious – state.

Along with each soup are suggestions for how to make the soup into a meal, including side dishes, beads and drinks. As an accompaniment, the appendix presents a few recipes for homemade breads that will go great with a batch of homemade soup.

The book focuses on healthy recipes and encourages low sodium methods as much as possible.

Included are a dozen soup recipes including curry lentil, leek and potato, chili, Italian white bean and roasted squash soup to name a few. Written with plenty of heart and a good dose of humor, the author encourages you to stop making excuses and get in the kitchen. Soup for You will give you many ideas for tasty, simple and healthy meals.

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