Tina Cobelle Sturges is best known for her radiant, colorful, and approachable paintings that blend small brush strokes with pointillist technique to animate the canvas and bring country and city landscapes to life. Her unique impressionist and folk art style, considered “romantic realism,” reflects her dedication to a bright palette, careful sensitivity to perceptible details and a commitment to harmoniously capturing the rhythm of daily human life in an engaging and authentic setting.
Sturges’ extensive portfolio of paintings demonstrates her ability to strike a balance between realistic and impressionistic genres. The signature of her style is her ability to draw upon the very nuances of a scene forming an emotionally calming interaction with the viewer. She paints equally successfully reflecting the sensitivity of small town life on a New England main street or the busy urban streetscapes of New York City. In both cases, her renditions of structured landscapes dabbed with human activity are truly captivating and memorable. She seamlessly weaves elements of nature with urban landmarks resulting in a simultaneously energetic and soothing composition. Sturges approaches each canvas as an individual expression, anticipating her audience’s desire to emotionally connect with the scene, be amused or find a peaceful individual moment. Her choice of place, color and activity embrace the cadence and harmony of the scene as it comes alive through paint, brush and canvas.
A New Journey into the Abstract
In 2016, Sturges began exploring a more fully abstract approach to her work, developing a new style that resonates with fluidity and passion. Her new canvases are colorfully brilliant and visually memorable, eliciting an emotional response that is simultaneously joyful, invigorating and calming. “It is the most genuine form of self-expression and it comes from the soul,” says Tina of her new works that reflect a vibrant intensity and suppleness. “It mirrors my excitement and emerging desire to physically engage with the medium.” Her new direction is very textural, featuring a great deal of movement, energy and color. This is a new area of exploration for her.
Sturges grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her father, internationally known and prolific artist Charles Cobelle, as her primary art teacher. She studied at the Silvermine Guild and the Wooster School and with the accomplished painter Daniel Greene. Of her artistic upbringing, she remarks, “As Cobelle’s child, I would see him constantly creating and painting everything that would bring joy and happiness to the world around him.” The influence of Cobelle, who is regarded as one of the last links to the Open Line School of Paris and who studied with Chagall and Dufy, is noticeably evident in her work.
Painting in oil and watercolor, she has completed numerous murals and other commissioned works for private collectors and is a contract artist with American Artists Group, a publisher of fine art stationery products. Her vibrant painting of Ridgefield’s Main Street was featured on the cover of the commemorative millennium book, “Ridgefield Enters the 21st Century”, and is sold as limited edition lithographs.
In 2008, Sturges collaborated with the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum on a painting titled “The Porches of Ridgefield” - a charmingly passionate composition that pays tribute to the Aldrich’s architectural landmark “Old Hundred”, Ridgefield’s 300-year history and enchanting, antique main street homes. The “Porches” piece is a significant work for Sturges as it vividly reflects her passion for the community, its traditions and its people.
For the past four years, Tina has had solo shows at the historic Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield, CT (2013-2016) and was recently featured in a one woman show at the Cultural Alliance of Western CT. She also created the impressive Vietnam War Memorial mural for the Town of Ridgefield, currently displayed in Town Hall. She is on the Board of Directors of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, and shows her work at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT, recently recognized as a Best of the Gold Coast gallery. While she is well known in Connecticut, Tina’s work is consistently sold and collected across the United States.