Born and raised in Northwestern Montana, Tammie grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Her father was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and her mother was of Western European descent. It was through these two cultural traditions that she was introduced to narrative as a means of making sense of the world. Using this lens, her work in painting and sculpture investigates transformation, transition, identity, relationships, and ambiguity.
Tammie is currently a Masters of Fine Arts candidate at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology/Archaeology from Montana State University, Bozeman, as well as a Bachelors of Fine Arts, summa cum laude, from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, with a focus in Painting and Sculpture. Tammie has also attended Gage Academy of Art, Seattle. She and her art practice are currently situated in Bremerton, WA.