Tina has been an Artist/Educator for many years. As a high school art teacher/Dept. Chair, she developed two very successful art programs at two Pinellas County high schools: Jewelry and Photography (analog & digital) and AP art. She has several Fine Art Degrees and is recently retired.
Since 2005-6 Tina has worked exclusively in traditional color photography (RA-4 Chromagenic/Analog). She developed a darkroom technique using transparencies to create ghostly figures that are at the very center of her work.
This photography series was originally developed and produced as a response to her experiences as a first responder for animals while deployed in the aftermath of Hurricanes Charlie and Katrina. The images have evolved as an awareness of the destruction of the environment, wildlife preservation, abuse of animals as well as plague have begun affecting us and our future generations and are important and personal to Tina.
This now inspires her to pay it forward. There is no digital manipulation involved in this photographic process.
Tina is a native of Pinellas County, Florida. She received her Fine Arts Degree from Western Carolina University, then attended USF for certification in Art Education and to work on a Masters Degree.
As an artist/educator, she developed and taught the Jewelry program at Largo High School and re-started the Photography program at Dixie Hollins High School as well as AP Art. Tina loves working in analog color photography and spends many long hours in the darkroom. Her and her husband have both retired, continue to live in Pinellas County, Florida and have been actively involved in Greyhound Adoption and Rescue since 1991. They currently have three greyhounds of their own. Tina is am also an active member of FL SARC (Florida State Animal Response Coalition.)
When asked what issues are personally very important and drive her artwork, her reply is clear cut. “Animals, the environment and being vegan. My photography deals with civilization's end on earth and the aftermath. Pandemic, Plague, Nuclear War, Pollution... they are very real possibilities. But what comes after? Humans as animals? A society of ‘heads’? The possibilities are endless.”