Tina Trites

A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, some of my earliest memories are of constantly drawing. As early as five, horses were my primary subjects
My grandfather ran a small printing press in the back room in his house. When I would visit he would roll blank newsprint down the length of the dining room, hand me the crayons , and I would " go to town" filling the paper from one end to the other.

To my father's dismay, my sister and I decided to express our artistic leanings by decorating our pink girlie bedroom with floor to ceiling nudes and horses. Unfortunately we used black enamel paint, which I later learned took about a dozen coats of paint to cover when my father was trying to sell the house.

In my twenties I married a sailor, we built a boat and went sailing for twenty years. Due to the limited space in a boat, my artwork at this time mostly consisted of pen and ink stippled drawings. Small pieces that would stow easily. After my husband died I moved back to Cape Cod and began to explore painting with oils and watercolors.

In 2011 I did a scratchboard piece for a show at the Cape Cod Art Association. I hadn't touched the medium in at least forty years. The piece won the Best in Show and People's Choice awards. Even better, it sold right away. I was hooked on this medium. Less than a year later I was accepted into ISSA and achieved Signature status.

 I reside in Sandwich, Mass. with my crazy dog, Luna, and two parrots, Koumba and Zaphod.

I still love to paint and draw but scratchboard has become my primary medium. I am currently working on a series of AKC dog breed portraits.
I am represented by Collections Gallery in Sandwich, Mass.

Photo of Tina Trites,one of the artists at Collections Gallery an artists cooperative in cape cod, mass
Scratchboard Tiger Eyes by Tina Trites, one of the artists at Collections Gallery an artists cooperative in cape cod, mass
Pencil drawing of a cowboy and horse by Tina Trites, one of the artists at Collections Gallery an artists cooperative in cape cod, mass Scratchboard drawing of a Red Wolf by Tina Trites, one of the artists at Collections Gallery an artists cooperative in cape cod, mass