Tina Sturges is a diverse and multifaceted artist equally comfortable with figurative and abstract modes of expression. One could single out three major genres in her work, each with a very distinct style: pure abstraction, abstract or semi-abstract landscapes, and New York City views. The artist is in perfect command of them all. Joyous use of color and space, unique narrative, purity, complex painterly techniques – these are a few aspects that characterize Tina’s work and show her own true self.
Sturges’ grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her father, internationally known and prolific artist Charles Cobelle. She studied at the Silvermine Guild and the Wooster School and with the accomplished painters Daniel Greene and Natasha Karpinskaia. 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.
In 2023 she was awarded by the Ridgefield Arts Council for her extensive contributions to local arts initiatives. She received the 'Arts' Award in 2022 from ROTA for her artistic contributions to the community. Painting in oil and watercolor, Sturges has completed numerous murals and other commissioned works for private collectors and is a contract artist with American Artists Group. 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 prints.
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.
Tina has had many solo shows at the historic Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield, CT and was featured in a one woman show at the Cultural Alliance of Western CT. This summer she was a guest artist at the RPAC Gallery in Ridgefield. 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. While she is well known in Connecticut, Tina’s work is consistently sold and collected across the United States.