Ambassador of the Week: Tina Lake

Meet Tina Lake, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!

“The Turquoise Cat”

Having received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, Tina has gone on to exhibit her work in over sixty professional art exhibitions. She joined the Mid-Southern Watercolorists in the early 1990’s after years of teaching studio and art history courses and exhibiting work throughout the state of Arkansas. Among the exhibitions, included the Thirty-Fifth Annual Delta Art Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center, where she won the Delta award in 1992 and inclusion in the Thirty-Sixth Annual Delta Art Exhibition in 1993. This is the same year she was included in the 23rd Annual Mid-Southern Watercolorists Exhibition. This exhibition was followed by inclusion into four more juried exhibitions in the Mid-Southern Watercolorists between 1994 -1997, earning her diamond status membership. She is also a member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society where she served on their board and was co-chair of exhibitions and the chair of new member screening. She rejoined the MSW after many years of teaching higher education classes at Arkansas Tech University, University of the Ozarks, and seventeen years full-time as the Fine Arts coordinator at the University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton. Included among the course work she taught are courses in color design, 2-D design, beginning watercolor, beginning drawing, intermediate drawing, figure drawing, canvas painting, Art Appreciation, and various art history courses.

The Turquoise Cat was created as a homage to her twenty two year old cat who recently passed away. It was exhibited at the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society’s International Exhibition at Spinning Plate Gallery in downtown Pittsburgh. Using transparent Daniel Smith watercolor, the painting was created on 300lb. Arches paper.

“The Frick Tree, Pittsburgh”

The Frick Tree, Pittsburgh was inspired while working at the Frick Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Having looked at this unusual tree every day when entering and leaving the employee door of the museum, it had officially become part of my life and I decided to paint it using transparent Daniel Smith paints and 300lb. Arches paper.

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Kelly Kane
PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.

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