Tinam Valk was born in Berlin, Germany of German and Dutch/Indonesian ancestry. She spent her childhood and early adulthood in the Netherlands where she received her art education at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague. After coming to the United States in 1976, Tinam earned a post-baccalaureate degree in visual communications at the Maryland College of Art and Design. She worked as a free-lance illustrator and part-time art educator in suburban Washington, D.C. until 1996. Since then she has concentrated exclusively on fine art. Tinam has traveled extensively, including to such locales as East and West Africa, South America, Eastern and Western Europe. She retreats annually to Hunting Island, SC, which serves as a constant source of inspiration for her art. Tinam's work has been exhibited extensively in solo exhibitions, selected group exhibitions and numerous juried shows on the East Coast. Her work is in collections in Europe, the United States and South America. Tinam maintains a studio at her home in Berwyn Heights, Maryland.
Ambiguity seems to be the main subject in my art. Either ambiguity of shelter as in my architecture related paintings or ambiguity of nature (close-ups landscape) as in some of my other work. I am interested in subjects with “layers” either emotionally or actual layers through age, history, as seen in old structures, buildings, statues, etc. I try to convey this feeling through my application of materials on the canvas, i.e. modeling paste (to create texture), acrylic underpainting, mixed media like oils, charcoal, pencil and pastel, erasing and building up again. I am not interested in telling the viewer what to see, and prefer their own emotional response to each image. The work is primarily executed in the studio after sketches from life. Sources for these sketches include parks, estate gardens, old cities (Europe and U.S.) or from memory. Significant influences are the artists connected to tonalism or intimism painting such as Albert Pinkham Ryder, George Inness, and Caspar David Friedrich
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