Tina Rawson, Painting

Tina Rawson was born in Seattle Washington, moved to Sweden at age 13 and back to America at 19 years of age after working in Paris for a year. She studied art at The University of Pittsburgh, Massachusetts College of Art, with Amira Rahim and Lully Schwartz, and worked with a preeminent en plein air oil painter.

Tina Rawson took up the bold decision in 2021, amidst the protracted COVID-19 pandemic to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a full time painter after doing it part-time for approximately 20 years. She ran an art school Start 2 Art, and taught for many of those years.

Her many exhibits include showings of her work at the Newburyport Art Association, at Coastal Living Gallery in Little Compton, RI, at Centennial Gallery in Peabody and a museum show at the Wenham Museum entitled 'My Essentials '. She works as an artist at the 14 Cedar Street studios in Amesbury and she visits her native Sweden annually where she hones her skills in Swedish Folk Art.

"I paint places that I love, people that evoke a feeling in me or the beauty of flowers on canvas or paper. Through my art I connect with my emotions, memories and the solace of nature. I am Swedish and American, and, while always looking for my next "travel fix"; I have been incredibly fortunate to have Rhode Island as my lifelong anchor, and to live in beautiful New England and Sweden.

I do enjoy using bright colors, different acrylic mediums and playing with lots of movement and texture in my paintings.There are often a textural part of my work, whether it's an impasto piece of paint, the paper I chose to paint upon, or a crackled background. My mother was a weaver, that was a source of inspiration, as were my grandfather’s impressionist paintings.

I love connecting with my creativity through the act of painting and tapping into the inner child that was always happiest making art. I hope that the viewer will want to know more whether I'm exploring a feeling, a moment, a memory or my Swedish heritage in my art."