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Artist Tina Dille
Tina Dille earned a BFA in Studio Art from CSUB in 2008. She has locally exhibited her work in various art shows and galleries and most recently at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Dille primarily works with watercolor on Yupo paper due to its free-flowing and unpredictable nature. She blends an abstract-mosaic like quality into her paintings that highlight expressive eyes.
“I find my inspiration from animals and make paintings that capture the essence of the animal through the eyes and the serendipitous effects of the paint. For me, painting is a magical process that delicately balances control and liberty of the medium. I allow the painting the freedom to develop its personality and then apply my artistic skills to fine-tune the results.”
“Trapped” is a perfect example of this process. From photos I took at a nearby animal sanctuary, I rendered a mountain lion. I vertically and horizontally dripped the paint onto the paper. On one side of the painting, a net-like formation emerged while the other side appeared as if the cat was unraveling. Beneath one eye, a puddle of paint resembled a huge tear.
The painting emitted a traumatic mood which I expanded on. Because my reference material was from cats in a man-made habitat, the sense of being trapped translated into the painting. The painting is framed in a 17×12 black metal shadow box frame that completes the perception of being “Trapped”.