Tina Garrett Painting

Paintings by Tina Garrett

In 2012, based on her self-taught pastel portraiture, the Scottsdale Artists’ School awarded Tina the first of two merit scholarships and she began working in oil immediately falling in love. And that is precisely what happens to Tina with every face she paints.

In addition to recognitions by the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society, Tina is a two-time ARC Salon Award winner including 2016 and 2015 ARC Salon Purchase Awards for her works, “City Blues” and “String of Pearls”. Both paintings are now part of the Art Renewal Center’s permanent collection, exhibiting at the Museum of Modern Art Europe, (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

In the few short years since Tina’s introduction to oil she has studied intently the Selective Start Method described in Alla Prima by Living Master Artist and Author Richard Schmid, studied in workshops and/or private lessons with Romel de la Torre, Casey Baugh, Aaron Westerberg, Lisa Gloria, Jeremy Lipking, Tim Deibler, Michelle Dunaway, Stanka Kordic and Kathy Anderson. In the course of her serious pursuit of fine art mastery, Tina has created a growing family of private collectors and commissioned clients in the U.S. and the U.K. and teaches workshops across the U.S. and will teach her first international workshop in Tuscany, Italy in May 2017.

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