Born and raised in Northwestern Montana, Tammie grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Her father was an enrolled 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 holds a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology/Archaeology from Montana State University, Bozeman. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts with a focus in Painting and Sculpture, and has attended Gage Academy of Art; both in Seattle. She is a recipient of the NW Watercolor Foundation Gold Grant Scholarship, the Jon & Mary Shirley Foundation Endowed Scholarship, and the Stephen Hannock Endowed Art Scholarship. She and her art practice are currently situated in Bremerton, WA.