As a youngster she accompanied her father Ted, a drilling supervisor with the Canberra-based Bureau of Mineral Resources, to outback places in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
“My Dad, mother Paulette, my sister Sue-Ann and I would go away from six to nine months at a time to remote areas,” Tina says.
“We’d camp and I would play in the bush exploring things while Dad did his work. It was to become a massive influence on my life. I loved what we were doing and later I struggled at school because it just didn’t feel natural being in a classroom.”
As Tina was entering her teenage years, she began developing her artistic skills, following the lead of her father who had painted portraits in his earlier days.
Although her work had been shown in Canberra, her practice only began to flourish
Three years later, Tina began a Visual Arts course at the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE only to lose focus following the death of her mother in September 2001. However, her enthusiasm and sense of purpose were restored as she immersed herself in the Toowoomba arts scene. “The arts community of Toowoomba is just brilliant and everyone is strongly supportive of each other, which is great,” she says. “It has been like finding the community of my dreams.”
After receiving her TAFE diploma, Tina commenced a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of Southern Queensland. She is currently mid-way through another online course, a Bachelor of Sustainability at the University of New England.
While Tina paints, in acrylics and oils, etches and sculpts, her primary focus in the studio on her five hectare property is on graphite drawings. “Mainly I have pursued an art practice exploring nature, environmental concerns and social ecology,” she says. “It
Significantly, Tina’s travelling exhibition, Toll, which is exquisitely drawn, was described by reporter Sandy Pottinger as being a “beautiful and moving plea to touch the earth gently”.
Last year her work, Train of thought; Keep the coal contained, was chosen for the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery’s Crates on Wheels exhibition currently touring the region’s schools.
Tina’s valued standing in the arts community has been further acknowledged by the gallery’s purchase of Blackout: Flying Fox from her latest solo exhibition, Little Matters.