Tina’s secret desire to be a professional artist came to fruition in 2005, at the age of 55 years, after raising three wonderful sons with her husband, Her favourite subjects are botanical illustration and natural history but commissions are accepted in any subject. Between 2003–2005 and 2008–2009 Tina learned the art of Botanical Illustration and Illuminated Lettering respectively, at the University of Cambridge, and now offers gold leaf illumination, as well as work in water colour, oil, pen and ink, and pencil.
Galleries, Memberships and affiliations include: Fine Art Trade Guild (July 2012), Who’s Who in Art (35th Ed. October 2012), Wikigallery.org, BirdingArt (BirdingArt.com), Society of Botanical Artists (SBA), Marwell International Wildlife Art Society (MIWAS), The Natural World Art Group (NWAG), Association of Animal Artists (AAA), Enterprising-Women.org, Society of All Artists (SAA), National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA), Darryl Nantais Gallery, Linton, Cambs, The Tavern Gallery, Meldreth, Nr Royston, Picturecraft Gallery, Holt, Norfolk, , Painters Online, and ‘b Gallery’, Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve (card sales) Cambridge Natural History Society (CNHS), The Wildlife Trusts (Beds, Cambs & Northants), The RSPB, Haddenham Conservation Society, National Farmers Union.
Whenever possible, Tina likes to paint her subjects life-size. All botanical work is drawn using live plant material. Other resources include photographs, a special fridge full of frozen ‘road kills’, as well as field trips. Tina aims to paint fine art works which capture the characteristics and nuances of both flora and fauna in natural habitats, preferring subjects which she has actually seen, or has knowledge of.
Over fifty per cent of Tina’s work since 2005 has been in commissions, with subjects as diverse as five botanical plants as ID Cards in Marwell Wildlife’s tropical house, a stationary gas engine, an artist’s impression of a 2010 Chelsea Flower Show garden and accompanying illumination for publicity purposes, a ‘House in Provençe’, and several canine portraits. Her work has been featured twice (once as Picture of the Month) in the Port Folio Section of Artists and Illustrators Magazine, and ‘Canoodling in the Loquats’ (Golden Orioles) is now available as a Wentworth [Whimsy] Jigsaw Puzzle (no. 592306). ‘White Helleborines and Chiffchaffs’ is also available in the Wentworth collection (no. 602506). Her main current project is co-authoring, with a world renowned botanist, a new Nature coffee table book for which she is producing all the artwork and scripting 10,000 words. She has had success at several major exhibitions including the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA), where she was awarded a Certificate of Botanical Merit (CBM, 2010) and her Red Lily painting was accepted as one of the 16 card designs to be produced by the SBA and Ling Design; the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA), Marwell International Wildlife Art Society (MIWAS), BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year (final round 2009 and 2012), Painters Online and Birdingart.com, both [different] Image of the Month.
Tina designs and prints her own range of calendars, cards and other items, based around her artwork, which can be viewed and purchased from her website via the PayPal payment facility.