Tina Nealis

  

hello, my name is tina.

* Where are you from:
I was born and raised in SoCal, graduated from ASU (Go Devils!) and currently reside in the SF Bay Area with my husband, our awesome 8 year old son, and our adorable labradoodle. 

* What do you do:
I am an interior designer and space/occupancy planner by trade and a passionate artist.

* When did you start creating:
I have always enjoyed doing creative things-- painting, drawing, quilting, sewing, photography, etc., but didn't seriously practice art daily until about 3 years ago.

* What inspires you:
My son, nature-- the ocean and skies, museums, street art, ordinary everyday objects, teaching art, different cultures

* Favorite mediums:
Anything I can get my hands on, but lately it has been watercolor, acryla-gouache, soft pastel, and paper collage.

* Why do you create:
I can be my most authentic self. It wasn't always this way because I spent a huge amount of my life creating things that I thought others would like, but in my most recent years I've learned to push that all aside and create solely for the purpose of making myself happy. And when the results make others happy too, that's a complete win-win. 
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