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Brookline Artist Series: Tina Feingold

Artist Tina Feingold has had a love affair with painting since her college days, earning her MFA in Boston before moving on to teach the art of painting across the country. She eventually settled down in Massachusetts, where she has made her permanent home at Brookline Open Studios.

Feingold began her career as a figurative artist. Over the years, she gently transitioned into the abstract genre; however, she says that she still continues to include suggestions of figuration into her pieces. When asked about the joys of being an artist, Feingold responds, "The best part of being an artist is that I am responsible only to myself." She goes on to say that the self-responsibility is also one of the hardest things about being an artist and that long days in the studio can be isolating. "This is a lonely pursuit, but a path that I feel I had no choice but to follow," says Feingold.

Brookline Open Studios has been an important facet in the most recent chapter of Feingold's career. The Open Studios have been responsible for bringing in many new visitors from both Brookline and beyond, giving Feingold the ability to reach new audiences with her work. Feingold shows both oil paintings and labor-intensive, mixed-media works on paper. Her artist's statement explains that her work "uses light and space to evoke imaginary internal landscapes." Her pieces are shaped by building layers of oil paint and stenciled forms, taking their inspiration from both nature and human emotion.

Feingold identifies herself as an artist, insisting, "This is who I am." She puts her heart and soul into the canvas, leaving a piece of herself in every painting. Her commitment to the art world is evidenced by her permanent residency at Brookline Open Studios and her expansively growing portfolio, selections of which can be found exhibited online. Feingold began exhibiting in 1983 and has contributed to more than forty-two selected exhibitions over the course of her career.

First picture: "Untitled", oil sticks on paper
Second: "Dervish", oil on canvas

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