Tina's family regrets to inform you that she passed away from a sudden and unexpected illness on September 4, 2012.
Tina Dolter was born in Montreal to a Canadian Forces family, and has made her home in Western Newfoundland since 1976. She has been drawing and painting since she could hold a pencil. Although she had been a practicing artist for more than 25 years, Dolter went back to university in 1993 to study visual art. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook in 2002, and received the University Medal for Academic Excellence. She was a finalist for the 2005 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) Emerging Artist of the Year Award, and nominated for the NLAC Arts Achievement Award for 2009 and the Artist of the Year Award for 2011, as well as nomination for the Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL) EVA (Excellence in Visual Arts) Large Year Award for 2011.
Dolter works largely in the media of oil painting and drawing. Her recent work involved a ten year painting project titled The Sensuality of the Maturing Woman; a series of portraits and biographies of women over 40. The Sensuality project won Dolter several NLAC and Cultural Economic Development Program (CEDP) grants from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. This project has been exhibited in Corner Brook, Bonavista, and St. John's NL and Toronto ON. In conjunction with the Toronto exhibition at Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Dolter organized a well attended panel discussion with author Jaki Scarcello (Fifty & Fabulous) focusing on women's issues and attitudes around aging titled "Redefining the Fine Art of Aging Well". A second panel discussion was held during the final Corner Brook exhibition of the series in October 2011. Both panels and coverage of the Propeller exhibition can be viewed at Youtube.com. Plans have begun for a book celebrating the Sensuality project. The artist is currently focussing her art practice exclusively on the genre of portraiture.
Dolter's work is held in many corporate and private collections, as well as the permanent collection of Grenfell Campus Art Gallery, the teaching collection of the print department of Grenfell Campus Visual Arts Department, and the Art Procurement Program of the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador (The Rooms). She has completed portrait commissions for patrons world-wide. She has had juried and non-juried solo and group exhibitions. Dolter is represented by Ewing Gallery in Corner Brook and Christina Parker Gallery in St. John's, NL.
Dolter is a vocal advocate for the arts and her community at large. She volunteers on many boards and committees representing the interests of artists, cultural producers, and fellow citizens. Her many professional affiliations include the Portrait Society of Canada and the International Guild of Realism. Details of her volunteer activities and affiliations are listed on her CV.
Tina Dolter lives and runs her studio in Steady Brook, on the banks of the Humber River, at the base of Marble Mountain, on the West Coast of Newfoundland - her little 'peace' of heaven.