Born in southern Texas, Tammy Kaufman grew up in the Piedmont of North Carolina after traveling the United States and Europe with her family as a youngster. A former 24-hour endurance mountain bike racer, she resides in Wake Forest with her husband, Steve, and their adopted pets, Frylie and Venus. Now retired from competitive cycling, she continues to cherish the wonders of nature through her artworks, and donates the profits from all painting sales to animal and environmental charities. She is a member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina, Southeastern Pastel Society, Oil Pastel Society, Fine Arts League of Cary, Artspace NC, Wake Forest Guild of Artists, Fellowship of Plein Air Painters and North Carolina Plein Air Painters, and is a juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America. Her paintings have been juried into multiple shows across North Carolina and hang in private collections throughout the United States.