Artist Statement

I never created art until I came to Fine Line Studios, and since coming here I have experimented with different art activities to express myself. I have had the chance to visit several art galleries and museums for inspiration, and I have accomplished showing and selling my own artwork in the community. My body of work consists mostly of illustrations of people – I like to draw my family, create imaginary friend characters, and name my characters after numbers and birthdates. I develop my own characters by drawing people of all shapes and sizes with markers, using bold lines and bright colors. My work is unique and different from everyone else’s because I create the characters with my own imagination, which lets people see what is going on in my head. When I create a drawing or character that people like or relate to, I enjoy producing several copies by screen printing my images on paper and T-shirts. My favorite part of the creative process is when I pull the squeegee of ink and then lift up the screen to see the print – I can’t help but squeal with joy! Making art makes me feel good and I want people to see it and feel good too, like the joy of being at a party. I am proud of myself when I am able to focus on my art, when I screen print multiple copies of a drawing, when my work is on display for people to see, and when I see people wearing my designs on T-shirts. The best reward is when my work is purchased and I can earn money to buy personal items and I feel more independent.

 Group Exhibitions

2019 Beauty in Diversity: The Human Experience Through Their Eyes, Good Shepherd Art Center, Ferguson, MO

          Recent Works by the Artists at Fine Line Studios, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis MO

2017 Inside Insight, Good Shepherd Gallery, Ferguson MO

2015 Director’s Traveling Showcase, Various locations throughout the US

          Director’s Creativity Showcase, Missouri Mental Health Foundation, Jefferson City MO

TINA’S Selected Portfolio