After gaining an S.I.A.D in industrial design Tina worked as an Art Director in London for a number of top creative advertising agencies. During this time she won many awards including 2 at the Cannes Film Festival, 4 in London and 1 in Ireland. After taking an 18 month sabbatical to sail to the Caribbean she decided it was time to change her career and start painting. Tina has won numerous awards and accolades, including: Invited artist to the Discerning Eye exhibition, London. Feature articles in the Leisure Painter Magazine and International Artist Magazine. Entered into Who's Who in art. Made a member of the Society of Women Artists, also serving on the committee and the selection committee. Won the Winsor and Newton prize for the best painting at the SWA exhibition. Won the Daler Rowney People’s Choice Award at the SWA Exhibition. Invited to become an Academician of the South West Academy and onto the selection committee. Tina is particularly inspired by the lovely subdued colours and light effects of contemporary impressionism which over the years have greatly influenced her paintings. She uses colour to express the light and atmosphere of a time and place with tonal greys in the background and vibrant colour on top to create the mood she wants. For her, the memory is a far more liberating way to depict a scene than painting on the spot so she produces sketches and spends a long time just taking in a scene which she memorises and takes back to the studio. Tina's work is characterised by beautiful, soft, fuzzy shifts of colour and tone, depicting movement in her figures,and fleeting light effects in her beach scenes. I shared a two-man exhibition with Tina some years ago and she was definitely someone we wanted to attract to the gallery, so we are very pleased she has agreed to exhibit with us.