Tara McPherson (born April 7, 1976 in San Francisco, California) is an American artist based in New York City. She studied art at Santa Monica Community College and earned her BFA from Art Center in Pasadena, CA in August 2001. While in college, she interned with Rough Draft Studios. In a brief 2008 piece concerning concert artwork, ELLE Magazine referred to her as "the crown princess of poster art. She opened the Cotton Candy Machine boutique in New York City in 2011.