Tina Spratt is best known for her paintings of the female figure, either in oils or pastel, her subjects are often lost in introspection, or surrounded by the fascinating textures of a myriad of fabrics. “ I have always been drawn to the female figure in my work,” she has said, “ and I hope to recreate the beauty and integrity of a simple, everyday intimacy.” With an emphasis on beautiful fabrics or domestic scenes , she is influenced by artists such as Andrew Wyeth, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Spratt currently lives in Somerset, England, and studied BA(Hons ) Illustration at the University of Wolverhampton. She has three times been a finalist in the prestigious International ARC Salon Competition, and also been awarded ‘Honourable Mention’ in 2018, she will be taking part in the Live Arc Salon touring exhibition for a second time this year. She has also been the overall winner of the Pastel Journal Pastel 100 Competition, and is proud to be included in exhibitions and publications by PoetsArtists. She is represented by galleries in the UK and USA.
“It's a moment that I'm after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment.” Andrew Wyeth.
I have always been fascinated with capturing the realness of my subject, whether that’s a figure in a room setting or surrounded by interesting fabrics. I don’t want to just represent it but somehow get underneath the skin of it, so I can feel the textures and feel the mood of the person I’m painting. I think to truly be able to represent the simple everyday intimacy that I find so fascinating, I need to immerse myself into making it feel as authentic as possible, then I can truly loose myself in a painting.
My influences are varied form Rembrandt and Vermeer, to Andrew Wyeth, I admire the way they use light in their work, the stories they tell and the intimacy of the Helga series. I tend to build up my paintings in layers, I don’t rely heavily on blending unless I’m trying to loose edges, but instead build up delicate layers of paint which have a bit of depth to them. I also love playing with light in my work and it’s ability to tell it’s own story.