Artist Tina Garrett stops time to catch the vision of surrender and rhythm of the Tango.



With auto focus precision, the right shutter speed and aperture, a camera can capture a dancer’s leap at its apex. But even photographic precision only captures what is physically in the scope of the lens. The gift of master painter Tina Garrett is to see beyond the photographic realism to reveal the essence of the moment. Tina’s oil paintings capture a mesmerizing world, transcending static reality through paintings that breath and even sing.

Lately, Tina has focused her attention on the art of the Tango dance. Tina says, “My intention in each brushstroke is to show the viewer what I see and what I feel when experiencing these remarkable dancers. It is their spirit and the mystery of the dance itself that I strive to reflect in my Tango Nights series. To capture that magical, almost-invisible something that makes you feel you yourself are in that passionate moment.”

An award-winning Master level artist, she has been recognized by the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society Signature Member Guild as a Master and the prestigious Art Renewal Center recognized her with an ARC Associate Living Master designation. Determined to finally follow her dream, Tina began painting less than 5 years ago but now finds herself in the art capitals of the world showing her work and teaching others. In that short period of time she has gained a family of collectors across the U.S and in the U.K.

Upon first glance, viewers of her art often express their own emotion as they catch their breath enraptured. One art collector notes: “The portrait Tina painted for us is pure joy. I love the way the light falls on our faces, it takes me right back to the moment there on the beach where we were married. I can almost smell the beach when I look at it. The night after my husband’s heart attack, I came home, put the kids to bed and looked at that painting on the wall…it brought me so much comfort and joy.”

Tina remains modest. “You know, I absolutely love what I do. When I paint, I play music and dance as I work. In an interesting sort of way, my paintings reflect a dance of a different kind—between my heart and my work, between my work and my collector. It’s such an honor to create both my art work and so many loving relationships.”

In 2012, based on her self-taught pastel portraiture, the Scottsdale Artists’ School awarded Tina the first of two merit scholarships and she began working in oil immediately falling in love. And that is precisely what happens to Tina with every piece she paints.

In the few short years since Tina’s introduction to oil painting she has studied intently the Selective Start Method described in Alla Prima by Living Master Artist and Author Richard Schmid, studied in workshops and private lessons with Romel de la Torre and workshops with Casey Baugh, Aaron Westerberg, Lisa Gloria, Jeremy Lipking, Tim Deibler, Michelle Dunaway, Stanka Kordic and others. In the course of her serious pursuit of fine art mastery, the love Tina pours into each work pervades her imagery, helping Tina create a growing family of private collectors and commissioned clients throughout the U.S. and U.K.

Tina can be found painting and teaching private lessons at her Lee’s Summit, Missouri studio and teaches workshops across the U.S. and in Italy in 2017 and South Africa in 2018.
Tina is proud to accept Master Artist designation through the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society Signature Member Guild and an ARC Associate Living Master designation by the Art Renewal Center.


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