Tina is a native Charlestonian for whom the Lowcountry of South Carolina is as close to paradise as any place on earth. Returning home after 30 years of a high-tech career that took her to Atlanta, DC and New Jersey as VP of Marketing for AT&T, Tina “rewired” from her all-consuming corporate life and began her “encore career” as a full-time artist. Tina explains her motivation to become a painter: "My grandparents owned a plantation on Wadmalaw Island, just outside of Charleston. As a child, I built tree forts in live oak trees, played in the pluff mud of the marshes, and galloped my horse through Lowcountry forests. Capturing the essence of that landscape in my art is a way of recapturing the joys of my youth."
Tina is a member of the Charleston Artist Guild (serving on its Board of Directors) and the Seabrook Island Artist Guild. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Middleton Place Foundation. Tina has studied oils and pastels domestically and in France, Italy, England and the Caribbean under numerous regionally and nationally-known artists. A recovering workaholic, she is reveling in her "rewired" life. Says Tina, "I'm testament to the fact that you-can-go-home-again and that the post-career stage can be the most fulfilling!"
Photo by Patricia P. Schaefer
Tina painting in Tuscany
In my art, I strive to capture a moment in time... an experience that moved me. Often, it’s how the light played on the landscape and my feeling of wonder in that instant.
My heart belongs to the South Carolina Lowcountry. I relish its languid summer days, its moss-covered oak trees that glow orange in the receding light, sunsets too uproarious to be believed, and the vastness of marshes punctuated by the distinctive odor of pluff mud (which to some is unpleasant, but to me is sacred because it smells like home).
I endeavor to celebrate the magnificence of nature and my joy living in awe of it. Using thick paint, bold strokes, and layer-upon-layer of color, my goal is to capture the symphony that is the Lowcountry… its unique light, mood, and texture.