"The imagery of the chord and knot is a metaphor for the Eastern concept of Karma or destiny. To me, the chord has come to represent a mystically encoded path that, like DNA, is woven from the strands of memories and experiences from countless past lifetimes."


DNA of Desire 1, 2 und 3
45" x 7,5" (114 x 19 cm),  Set of 3

Retail Price $ 4.000

"Just as birds leave their nests season after season, the spirit must migrate to the higher dimensional when its life is over. Try as we might, turmoil is as common as peace in this earthly plane, as many of the drawings depict."


Harbinger of Change
48,5" x 38" (123 x 96 cm)
Retail Price $ 5.000

 "Depicting birds, common symbols of the spirit, and their nests, or temporary homes, have become a way for me to talk about the human spirit’s futile search for an ephemeral home in this material plane."

23" x 30" (58 x 76 cm)
Retail Price $ 3.500

Tina Salvesen

“Seeking Home“ is the title of one of your series. You often paint bird nests. What inspires you about bird’s nests?

We long for home to be a place of safety and tranquility, whether that home is a family abode, a national homeland, or simply a state of mind. It is a hopeful metaphor of the Human Spirit’s need to keep evolving forward from one comfortable nesting place --or state of consciousness- to another,

Birds are a common symbol of spirit and their nests are a place of refuge, but one which they must abandon, season after season, and rebuild the next year. Depicting birds, common symbols of the spirit, and their nests, or temporary homes, is a way for me to talk about our own need to find a home within ourselves in a world that is constantly changing.


What is unique to your practice (when we met you in your studio, you told me, before you start painting you build a model)?

Yes, It is rare I do not work from a model that I have made. Occasionally, I find an object in nature that is so unique, that I either include it in my model or draw it as it exists in nature.


You often work on paper you have first buried in the ground for a period of time. Why?

I bury the paper in a shallow bed in order for the particular nature of the ground to make its impression. These works, having undergone their own process of deterioration, highlight the theme of life’s ephemeral nature.


For your series "Threshold“ you work with pencil, correct? How long does it take to complete one work?

I work with graphite on Yupo paper. Yupo is a very peculiar medium and images have to “coxed” from its surface. I also use powered graphite, poppy oil, damar varnish and acetone on the Yupo Paper. Depending on the size of the artwork and its complexity, it may take months to finish a particular piece.


Where do you begin? Do you use models for this work?

Truthfully, I don’t know where I begin. I just start and things start to evolve. I never know how the image will turn out. I move and it moves with me. I love soft and flowing objects for this work. I usually use a model but I am so familiar with the folds and movement of the model that at times, I do not need anything but my own imagination and familiarity with the object itself.


Where do you begin? Do you use models for this work?

I am a meditator. When I meditate, I go to a place where Images come and go and I float. I am in-between-worlds - between one state of consciousness and another. I incorporate the image of these flowing undulating knots and folds to illustrate the untying of the thoughts that occupy us in daily life.

I try to convey that moment when I slip out of a conscious state in to a conscious dreamlike state. Then I let go of ideas and thoughts of daily life in order move from one conscious state to another.


Your work is inspired strongly by the nature. How does Miami influence your work?

I grew up in Miami. I remember its unique smell when I was young – green, tropical and floral – unencumbered by overbuilding and an increased population. I bury my paper in it’s soil, draw its leaves and flora and hope to convey my love for its unique landscape.


What drives you to continue to be an artist?

I don’t think there is any time in my life that I did not want to make something. Even if I did not know what to create I still made. For me, even when there is a creative block, I still work.


What do you enjoy doing when you are not working as an artist?

I love teaching and helping young students move forward and achieve their goals. My specialty is to help young people create their portfolios for admission to art schools.


What are you favorite places in Miami?

The Bakehouse Art Complex, Deering Estate, Fairchild Gardens, out my window. Connect to my Instagram feed @TinaSalvesen


What projects are you currently working on?

I am involved in several projects at the moment. I have made a series of books, using buried paper. The paper has been dyed and stained with Miami earth. I use only forms and nature indigenous to Florida.


Tina Salvesen recently returned to her native Florida after living in the Northeast and Europe for many years. Her work focuses on fine mark making with the use of charcoal, pencil, ink, watercolor, pastels, paint and encaustic to create her artwork.


Tina attended Skidmore College, and received a Bachelor's degree in Art. She also holds a M.Ed., in Art Education from Temple University. 



Regarded as a master draftsman, she has won many awards in various shows throughout the USA. She has exhibited widely, including shows in the Newark Museum, the New Jersey State Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, and Belgium and Spain.