A full history of my artwork is available to browse in the galleries on my website [http://tinasfineart.uk/gallery/].
To celebrate 10 years as a professional artist, I have produced a Catalogue of Artwork: Volume 1 showing works from 2005 to 2010. Free Download here: [http://tinasfineart.uk/about-tina/shoppublished-bookscatalogue-of-artwork-volume-1/].
Self-taught artist who turned professional in 2005. Successful at many national and local exhibitions, and paintings, prints, cards and calendars have sold the world over, including Australia, America, Canada, India, Mexico, Spain, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and China.
Seven picture designs in 1,000-piece luxury board puzzles and five picture designs in 500-piece luxury board puzzles. Produced for TinasFineArt.uk by JHG Jigsaws Ltd. Two designs, Wooden ‘Whimsy’ jigsaws by Wentworth Puzzle Co; Five further designs published – available only from Tina’s Fine Art UK.
Designs and handcrafts unique magnetic ‘Diwejisaw’ jigsaw puzzle (available directly from the Artist/Website);
Alan’s Red Lily (var. unknown) chosen (2011-2014) by Ling Design for SBA range of card and notelet production;
2010 Certificate of Botanical Merit at the Society of Botanical Artist’s annual exhibition, London (Passion Flower Bits);
Featured twice in Artists and Illustrators Magazine picture of the month Port Folio section;
Several works contracted to Felix Rosenstiel’s Widow & Son (2011-2013);
December 2015. Picture Code: 0005 (White Lilies) contracted to Grace Cole for product package design for new Rose & Lily range.
Many pen and ink drawings for GCSE science and biology school textbooks as well as high-end scientific publications, including hand drawn maps.
Listed, by invitation, in Who’s Who in Art, and in the Dictionary of International Biography.
Designs, handcrafts and publishes own range of prints, calendars, cards and other items, based around artwork. Currently co-authoring and providing all the artwork for a series of riparian booklets with world-renowned botanist, Sylvia M Haslam Plant Sciences, Cambridge University.
A BIT OF HISTORY:
I was told I could draw by my teacher (Miss Treleven) when I was just seven: she had entered my ‘Fairy Queen’ painting into a children’s local art competition run by Heffers in Cambridge (now Tindall’s) and I remember winning a big box of paints and some brushes. At age eleven, whilst on holiday in Italy I was asked to paint a picture on canvas (taller than my height!) to replace a wooden wall painting of Madonna and Child which had burned during street celebrations. Self-taught, I decided to become a professional artist in March 2005, after years being self employed typing out peoples’ theses and latterly purchasing all my own equipment to become a desktop publisher.
My favourite subjects to paint are natural history, botanical illustration and illuminated lettering, using gesso and gold leaf. Commissions have included these three main subjects as well as, for example, a huge gas stationary engine, and pet and people portraits! In 2004 I designed and planted a small ‘wild’ garden to provide live subjects such as frogs, newts, toads and all manner of insects, including lesser stag beetles, hedgehogs and wood mice, as well as many bird-spotting opportunities. Black and grey squirrels also visited. Sadly, since they built houses behind our garden in 2010, we no longer get hedgehogs; the squirrels are few and far between, and the bird life to our feeders is almost non-existent, except for a few jackdaws (who have now learnt how to land on the feeders and shake them so that the food falls out and to the ground!), starlings, doves and pigeons. Little birds are rare visitors.
Whenever possible, I paint life-size using live specimens (I also have a “frozen critters” refrigerator full of road kills etc.), or from resource photographs I have taken myself, and from memory. I also rely on many friends and acquaintances to let me make use of their fabulous photographs as they are much more travelled than I; and I would never be able to paint exotic flora and fauna were it not for their kindness.
Certificate of Botanical Merit SBA 2010 (Report by Katherine Terrell: https://makingamark.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/society-of-botanical-artists.html)