Tina N Turner, Nicholson Studios

Tina N Turner, Nicholson Studios


I wasn't allowed to have crayons when I was two. Maybe because I might think they were a snack. But that didn't stop me from stealing them from my sister one day. The "stick" man I drew that day had a round belly, hair, eyes, a nose, a mouth, and fingers on his round hands. My mother thought my 5 year old sister drew it and was amazed at how good it was. But my sister insisted it was me who drew the picture. Of course, I don't remember this, but everyone was very surprised and decided that it was time to start letting Tina have the crayons.

When I was 10, I could choose any extra curricular activity I wanted as long as it was art class. So my parents put me in private art lessons. I also joined the school art club where I designed yearbook covers, painted murals, and made a giant pizza costume out of foam that I had to wear in a parade where my junior high school crush saw me. I figured if I threw him a moon pie, he would fall in love with me. Didn't work out.... I kept missing him because my short pizza arms couldn't throw accurately.... so he never fell in love with me. Oh well... My husband is glad.

When I went to college, I majored in Fine Art, where I got to paint a nude lady. It was a little awkward at first until she started talking to us and then it got really awkward. She started rambling about how she could never be in a relationship because she was too set in her ways and I just wanted her to be quiet so I could paint (we did like 4 paintings at different times so we saw a LOT of this woman... as well as seeing a lot of her). But that's not all I did. I took lots of other painting and drawing classes, sculpture classes, photography classes, and some commercial art classes (back before it was called "graphic design" if that tells you how old I am...). My favorite was oil painting, of course.

As a grown-up, I have taken several private classes in classic oil painting and discovered glazing over under-paintings. I am not counting the paint nights with the girls where everyone pays $35, gets all supplies provided, and copies the teacher while drinking heavily and sometimes drinking the paint water. I've seen some interesting work come from these events, but people usually are very surprised at my work. I just smile and say thank you and leave out that it would be sad if my paintings were terrible since I have been an artist my entire life. Maybe I shouldn't go to those things...

In all seriousness, my (original) paintings start off with a neutral colored acrylic under-painting. By neutral, I mean brown and white, green and white, or black and white. Then I use oil glazes to color the animal and paint dry oil directly into the glazes to bring out the highlights, deepen the shadows, and add more color. My goal is to bring the animal to life and for the onlooker to see the hint of a soul in the eyes (except for the jellyfish - I couldn't find their eyes). I hope you enjoy my work because I do enjoy creating it! Many happy new beginnings to you!


The Animal Soul