This week’s featured artist is Tina Schulte, a German artist who creates beautiful nursery pieces. Each work she fashions brings a splash of color and liveliness into the room it is in. Read below to learn about her history as an artist, her daughter Lotta, and more!
BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!
Tina: intuitive, playful, modern, characterized by Scandinavian influence.
BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!
Tina: I’m a great fan of Ingela P. Arrhenius. I like the way she combines timeless shapes and vibrant colors, continuously probing designs of the 50ies and 60ies.
BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?
Tina: I majored in Visual Communications at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, focussing on illustrations of children’s books. First, I mainly worked with acrylic- and water colors. Later, I taught myself digital illustrating, an incredible enrichment for me.
BBP: When did you start designing/creating? Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?
Tina: I began painting and drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil. However, there was no early recognition of a special talent. It happened later, in school. We had good instruction in Art and we were given a lot of freedom to experiment. The opportunity gave me an incentive and stimulated my enthusiasm.
BBP: How has your style changed since you started?
Tina: My style is a work in progress, quite intuitively. It is essential for me to preserve my personal style, something rather unique. When I compare my present work one to when I began, my style has developed into something clearer, more poster-like and more minimalist.
BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?
Tina: The Cuban Valle de Vinales – a private dream landscape.
BBP: Do you have a particular spot or place where you create most of your art?
Tina: I mostly work at my desk at home, with a view of my garden. I do sometimes work in a group studio, together with 20 other creative people. I especially enjoy the networking there.
BBP: Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?
Tina: My daughter Lotta is 4 years old.
BBP: If you asked her to describe your art, what would they say about it?
Tina: “Mama likes to paint animals best” she’d probably say when asked about my artwork (and she would be right).
BBP: How is her room decorated?
Tina: We furnished her room quite simply, with white wooden furniture. There are colorfully vivid chairs, pillows for accents, also a green wall on which I painted clouds.
BBP: What are they into these days? A specific toy? A hobby?
Tina: Lotta loves her trampoline in the garden, she and her friends jump on it for hours.
BBP: Do you have any pets?
Tina: Not at this time.
BBP: Growing up, were your parents into or involved in art?
Tina: Both my parents were interested in art, they often took me and my brother to art exhibits. My father also was a collector of art, mainly prints of contemporary artists.
BBP: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid?
Tina: Horseback riding, competitive cherry pit spitting, setting up a tent in my garden.
BBP: What’s your favorite story to tell about your childhood?
Tina: Once, my great uncle built a “real” volcano in our sandbox, with newspapers, and there was fire and smoke. It made a big impression on us children.
BBP: What did your room look like growing up?
Tina: My room was decorated with animal posters (mostly of horses), and it was full of cuddly animals and playthings of all sorts.
BBP: Do you prefer to swim in a pool, ocean, or lake?
Tina: I prefer to swim in a lake…with a view of the mountains!
BBP: What is one thing that you’ve never tried, but would like to?
Tina: I would like to try indoor skydiving.
BBP: Do you prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate?
Tina: Dark chocolate!
BBP: Sunglasses or hats?
Tina: Sunglasses, I have a pretty collection
BBP: Sweet or savory?