Tina Johnson Powers
Tina paints portraits of interesting, often ethnic, people including landscapes and animals, especially horses. Tina says, “Each face painted has an incredible story to tell about themselves, their family and ancestors. A face shows so many lives of generations flowing together.”Tina begins with a quick pencil sketch, then layers and manipulates textured paper onto a flat surface. “Pasting the different shapes of paper helps define the face with eyes, cheek bones and hair. Applying items like feathers and flowers in a woman’s hair also works. It’s fun to see layers of paper forming a face or a cowboy on a horse” One the paper is dry, Tina applies various mediums such as acrylic or watercolors and pen and ink.
Artistic development was nurtured by my parents before 10 years old. The sale of a portrait during my early teen years enlightened my thoughts of selling more. Several other sales and recognitions during that period followed and the encouragement became stronger.
My parents had a dream for me to complete college with a degree. Of course, my Dad (a logical, rational business man who loved me dearly) expressed his interests in something other than my passion for painting and drawing. My college years produced a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Arts Interior Design from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, in 1976. I finished the effort with a professional license with the State of Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design which I still currently sustain.
These events opened the door to a long career in the local aerospace industry which enlightened me on capabilities that I did not realize I had. Confidence and maturity evolved.
Okay! So I fulfilled my parents dream. But what happened to my passion for art? Well, there is a happy ending!
Throughout my years of working in the aerospace industry, small opportunities opened for me to create and sell art.
These opportunities kept me active and my feelings alive. My art sporadically exhibited locally and at art galleries located in Florida, Georgia and New York. I recently retired from my 30-plus years in the aerospace industry and moved on to fulfill my passion for art. Portraits and animals are my favorite themes.
As my godmother, Tante Lina, would say often in her German accent, “Darling, everybody has a story.” Perhaps I like this saying because each face painted has an incredible story to tell about themselves, their family and ancestors. A face shows so many lives of generations flowing together.
There are simply no words that can express just how uniquely special this privilege is. I am forever grateful and over the moon!