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 during a visit with her father, Victor, who introduced her to her first painting, and 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 must be told.