Tina McDowell’s paintings reflect a life lived globally, but they speak most clearly of the influence that the flowing nature of water and the concept of ebb and flow have had on her life. Her work combines subtle changes in texture and silhouettes which convey a sense of distance and scale, evocative of oceanic textures and movement. In her recent work, there is a great sense of rebirth and return emphasized by the rich depth of color and use of reflections and other spectral textures which flow seamlessly together except when deliberately, and dramatically, separated.
The sense of rebirth in McDowell’s work mirrors her ability to consistently recreate herself and her art, particularly in regard to her earlier work. Though her paintings touch on a variety of styles, McDowell imparts cohesion to her work through her distinctive themes and stylistic touches. Her ability to meld representational and abstract art in particular convey a sophisticated sense of being and place, while the allusive aspect of her work, including distinctive print-like patterning, showcase McDowell’s skill at re-contextualizing texture in her own way.
From an Italian background, McDowell was born in France and today lives in the United States