Biography and Artist Statement
Tina Hutton is a ‘Lover of Learning’, in so many ways and locations…
In 2010, I attended the Victoria Brooks’ ‘Plein Air Impressionistic Clinic’ at Provence, France. We also spent a few days visiting other areas of former famous artists in France. Then we made daily visits to stunning regions to make daily artwork of our own for over 10 days. This photo was taken on our visit to Giverny, France, the homeland of Claude Monet. This historical artist gave many of us serious inspirations.
Artist Tina Hutton focuses on equine, companion animal and wildlife themes, whether the animal is large or small, feathered or furred. In her early life as an artist, Tina exhibited her work extensively throughout Northern California during the 1970s–1980s. Hutton was commissioned to create animal portraits throughout the Bay Area and Sonoma County, California. These led to more commissions from clients across the country. Her preferred medium was pen and ink, with a touch of watercolor in some pieces.
Hutton’s professional life took two interesting turns after her successful years as an artist. Horses, her first love in the animal kingdom and a primary subject in her art, always held a strong influence in her life. She competed in a variety of disciplines, including dressage, Western, halter/conformation, driving, and endurance. As time went on, her concern for these animals led her to learn about humane forms of training. As a result, she was certified in several different techniques of horse education. Her genuine care and skill in the T.T.E.A.M and Feldenkrais methods and Centered Riding instruction enabled her to develop her own specialty, Alternative Methods in Horsemanship™. By integrating these methods, she created customized instruction to enhance communication and create a healthy partnership between each horse and rider. Hutton found success with this flexible strategy that opened teaching opportunities for her around the world.
When Tina began to struggle with her own overwhelming pain, she shifted her focus further toward body work on humans. Hence, in 1993 she became a certified massage therapist, adding to her deep knowledge of the Feldenkrais method and other techniques to become more helpful in the healing of the human body. As an experienced Practitioner, Hutton’s care and instruction of people and horses in these gentle, humane methods of communication and healing spanned thirty years of active work across the globe. Learn more about Tina’s many accomplishments in these areas in the Alternative Methods in Horsemanship legacy section of her website.
“It is time to express myself through art again.”
Thirty years and many miles later, Tina decided it was time to return to her first love and begin creating art again. Art returned to her easily, and now she looks forward to re-establishing herself as an artist from her home in Oregon.
“The Beauty of Nature fills my world with wonder and joy. From my early childhood, the passion of drawing animals took hold of my life. Horses became my special friends, resulting in many horse portraits.
My mother believed I had a special talent for art by the time I was 12 years old. She wanted me to join a class taught by famous oil painter Nevin Kempthorne. Nevin taught adults, but Mom insisted that we schedule a private appointment with her. We showed Nevin my work to see if she would add me to her group. Lucky me, she included me in her classes in Novato, CA in 1964!”
~ Tina Hutton