American realist and abstraction artist Tina Steele Lindsey grew up in the deep south with parents who painted, but her leanings as an adolescent were more toward dance and music.  Her mother, Jane, understood well the value of the arts and encouraged Tina by providing countless trips to lessons and recitals. It was much later in life her introduction to painting came under the tutelage of her father, Victor, who introduced her to Russian impressionism, a style beautiful in its depiction of the human spirit.  Most enamored by the work of Valentin Serov, Tina went forward in independent study of the human figure and various painting methods.  A traditionalist at heart, her focus has been both representational and abstraction works of art, switching between the two when mood or subject dictates.  Tina’s contemporary paintings are compellingly timeless, have been seen in print and television, and are publicly and privately collected.


I lean toward simplicity in composition, I am wholly deliberate in this; the more complicated the world becomes the less complicated I become in my studio.  My goal in putting subject to canvas is that the end result convey a narrative of sorts; whether a craftily hidden emotion or something blatantly obvious, there is a story that story must be told.

Guide to Collecting Fine Art – by Tina Steele Lindsey

Appreciating fine art and desiring to collect it are the first steps toward becoming an art collector. You have come to understand the vast difference between just hanging something on the wall and acquiring a work of art that moves you in such a way that you are thrilled to view it and appreciate it for years.

Art is a wonderful commodity, has a timeless nature as well as the power to elevate the mood and spirit. As you begin your collection, familiarize yourself with the styles, periods and mediums that affect you most profoundly by viewing a variety of works by different artists. Eventually you will come across those which are so compelling you can’t get them off of your mind; this is an indicator you are on the right path. The more art you view, the more confident a collector you will become.

When you are ready to purchase your first work of art, determine a price point that suits your budget. You will enhance your overall experience if you purchase a work of art you love and works within your means.  Speak to artists, galleries and brokers who are receptive to developing a relationship with a new collector; have an open conversation with them regarding what you are looking for and what you are comfortable with paying. On occasion dealers may be open to offer a discount, especially for multiple purchases, so it never hurts to ask.

Before making your purchase inquire if there are any additional costs to you such as shipping and insurance, and whether or not the work requires framing, etc.  Once you’ve made your purchase take care to keep all documents of the sale safely filed; this will greatly aid with vital information for insurance purposes, a future appraisal, or sale.

Best wishes for a life well lived!