oil and acrylic
"Cohasset artist Tina Watson has been interested in art since she was a child. “When I was 10, my babysitter introduced me to art. She took me out painting and to some of her art classes,” Watson recalls. “She was my mentor.”
Watson’s primary interest wasn’t always fine art, though. After graduating from the Endicott College art program, Watson took classes at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, with a focus on pottery.
When Watson owned Cohasset Hardware, which was in her family for years, there was a pottery shop upstairs, and her for-sale paintings were displayed in the store window. (It closed a few years ago.)
“I built a big gas kiln in my backyard, and my mother was concerned that I would burn down the whole town, so I got out of that and started pursuing other avenues of interest,” Watson recalled with a smile.
She wove baskets and crafted stained glass, and then about 20 years ago started painting. That has been her focus ever since.
Recently, she has been exploring encaustic painting, an old art form using heated beeswax to which colored pigments have been added. This liquid/paste is then applied to a prepared wood surface, canvas, or other material. “It’s an interesting medium,” Watson said. “It’s a big job, but worth it.”
Watson also does much work on commission. “I love plein air [outdoor] painting,” she said. Her favorite scenes to paint in oils and acrylics are landscapes and seascapes. Her latest painting is of World’s End. She started painting in watercolor and then branched out."