Local Artist Wins National Prize

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Local Artist Wins National Prize 

"Gaze" 20x24 Oil on Linen (Tina's first international sale) Wins 1st Place in the Oil Painters of America 2014 Spring Online Showcase!

"Gaze" 20x24 Oil on Linen (Tina's first international sale) Wins 1st Place in the Oil Painters of America 2014 Spring Online Showcase!

LEES SUMMIT, MO – May, 24, 2014/ – Professional artist Tina Garrett announced today that her work, "Gaze" 20x24 oil on linen (Tina's first international sale) won 1st Place in the Oil Painters of America 2014 Spring Online Showcase.

Tina Garrett's oil painting "Gaze" is the third piece in her New Orleans inspired series. The second painting in this series to be awarded this year, "Gaze", depicting the street artists of the French Quarter, won a $3000.00 1st Place prize through the national art competition sponsored by the Oil Painters of America (OPA), a not-for-profit organization representing more than 4000 artists throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. There were over 700 member artists who competed in this event which is held three times annually. 

This work caught my attention the first moment I saw it on the monitor. The expression “one in a million” kind of describes my feelings for this piece. The artist’s skill in portraying this rather unusual subject is nothing short of masterful. This has been painted as the eye would see it rather than how a camera would see it. The most intense color and sharpest details are on the face. The more you move from this area the less obvious things become. The accuracy and delicacy of the floral pattern is still distinct, but does not compete with the face or the frame. The background has totally gone out of focus making the figure even more dimensional giving it the feeling of existing in real space. The drawing is impeccable, the edges amazing and the color harmonies are beautiful.” Mr. Deibler later wrote, “Tina, I just wanted to personally congratulate you on your marvelous piece. I was monitoring the entries from the time OPA invited me to be the judge. Once I saw your piece it became the standard I used to critique all the others. It was constantly on my mind. There are many great paintings in the show, but your drawing, color harmonies, edges, the uniqueness of the image, everything about it made it the most memorable painting of the entire show. I am honored to have had the opportunity to become more familiar with your amazing work. Congratulations once again.
— Oil Painters of America Judge, Tim Deibler

Tina Garrett lives, creates her art and gives workshops and private lessons as well as hosts nationally known artists workshops in her studio space, Atelier Underground, in Downtown Lee's Summit in the historic neighborhood where she and her husband and two children reside. Regarding this national recognition Garrett stated “Thank you Oil Painters of America and Tim Deibler for including my work, "Gaze" in the group of remarkable pieces selected for the OPA Spring 2014 Online Showcase. Congratulations Robert Christian Hemme, Nancy Boren and all the other truly amazing artists. You have given me something priceless, confidence in my work, validation and encouragement that I am on the right track in pushing myself and my work to my own next level. I am so grateful. You've truly lifted me up.”

The original oil painting, "Gaze" was sold in March to Tina's first international client, a collector in London, England and is now happily installed in its new home.  Tina will announce her new series of work in July 2014. Admirers of Tina's work can follow Tina on Instagram and Facebook or view her latest pieces, inquire about purchasing prints or originals or commissioning a painting at www.tinagarrett.com.

(About Artist Tina Garrett: 

In 2012, based on her self-taught pastel portraiture, including her commissioned portrait of first lady Mary Ann Rhoads, wife of Lee's Summit Mayor, Randy Rhoads, the Scottsdale Artists’ School awarded Tina the first of two merit scholarships and she began working in oil immediately falling in love.

And that is precisely what happens to Tina again and again with every face she paints.  Savoring every feature, Tina adores each moment of discovering her subject's line and value and like a mother to a child puts every drop of herself into her new works in hopes they will go off into the world and make something of themselves. 

Tina is a two-time finalist in Scottsdale’s The Best and The Brightest Show 2013 and 2014 and earned a National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2013 Best of America Merit Award, 2014 NOAPS Spring Online International Excellence Award and Oil Painters of America Online Showcase Spring 2014 1st Place winner.

In the few short months since Tina’s introduction to oil she has studied intently the Selective Start Method described in “Alla Prima” by Living Master Artist Richard Schmid, studied in workshops and/or private lessons with Romel de la Torre, Casey Baugh, Aaron Westerberg and Lisa Gloria. In the course of her serious pursuit of fine art mastery, Tina has created a small family of private collectors and commissioned clients in Kansas City, Florida, Chicago, New York, New Orleans and London.