October 2012 – Shades of Paint: Tina Baker

Posted on Oct 11, 2012

October 2012 – Shades of Paint: Tina Baker

The Etowah Arts Commission gallery is alive with the flowing, inspirational artwork of Tina Baker from October  11 through December 8, 2012.  An Artist Reception will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 5pm until 7pm, to which everyone is invited and encouraged to drop in for a visit with Ms. Baker, while enjoying some light hors d’oeurves.  In addition, mark Saturday, November 10 on your calendar and join Ms. Baker from 9am until 12pm(noon) to create your own 16×20 oil painting of a breathtaking waterfall, as she teaches the Bob Ross style of painting.  Participants will take their masterpiece home with them that day.  Class size is limited to 10 people and all materials will be provided for the cost of $30.  Class registration deadline is Saturday, November 3.

As the final exhibit in the “Shades of Paint” series, Tina Baker will draw you into her peaceful scenes of mountains, lakes and forests, lull you in cool ocean breezes and wrap you in warm waves.  Her love of light as it plays on water soothes the soul and you can almost hear the roar of the waterfalls as they cascade along on an unknown journey.  Ms. Baker tells her students to “make up a story about your painting and put yourself there”.  This emotional intimacy is evident in her paintings, as she describes the cave hidden behind the waterfall from which she peers out through the mist.  This magnificent collection of 23 paintings should be a part of your “fall color” viewing.

Originally from the Cleveland  area , Tina Baker has been drawing  since the age of thirteen.  Bradley County High School art teacher Ross Apperson was her first formal instructor and, after taking time off to raise her family, she pursued her love of art under the instruction of Robbie Ware in Georgetown.  She then began dabbling with the Bob Ross method of oil painting and took certification classes in Florida to become a teacher in the Bob Ross style.  Ms. Baker now teaches this method at the Bradley-Cleveland Senior Activity Center, the Etowah Area Senior Center and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Athens, as well as a few private lessons.