My artwork focuses on documenting, inspiring, and learning from woman of the land. Past and present is layered into the work with ideas on ranching, farming, hunting, sustainability, ancestry, history, and identity. Large scale mixed media works are visually inspired by woman of the land of the Gunnison Valley. These present day visuals of land and woman create a space for a new narrative. Using natural materials such as soil, ash, and collected organic materials to create paint, value, and add texture to my artwork I am directly working from the earth. The artwork merges history, every day, personal memoirs, the land and local culture to create a visual biography of a place and people.
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My writing focuses on giving the women of the Gunnison Valley-the women of the now- an artistic voice with which to celebrate their connection to the land. Poems or short essays, sometimes combined with selected quotes are carefully crafted and selected to compliment Tina’s visual art.