My family and I came to Lee’s Summit looking for the perfect mix of bustling urban life and a competitive and robust school district. We found it in the Downtown Historic District in Lee’s Summit. We really do live in a “Norman Rockwellesque” neighbor- hood with inspiring architecture, large trees and wonderful neighbors that lives up to an artist’s ideal of the perfect place to make art and raise a family.
Describe your art:
I am still growing and learning as an artist and discovering my relevance and the medi- ums that will help me best relay my story. So, if I had to describe my soft pastel works, I would say it is striving to be modernist realism with a focus on portraying the contem- porary women and the issues affecting her life.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by color and texture and light, but mostly by the character of a person. When I’m in the process of making a commissioned portrait, I like to get to know their story—I can always find something inspiring in that.
Where did you study art?
The Colorado Institute of Art in Denver.
Where can people view your art?
People can view both my illustrations and fine art portraits at TinaGarrett.com. Last year, I had the privilege of displaying a solo show at the Gene Gamber Center in Lee’s Summit of a new exhibit of paintings I created called “Women of Lee’s Summit.”
When is your next show?
I’m working on an important commission of the first lady of Lee’s Summit, Mary Ann Rhoads. I’m so honored that Mary Ann and Mayor Rhoads have given me this honor and opportunity, so I will be focusing on making this my best piece to date and plan a private show for its reveal around the first of the year.