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Tina Christiansen

Watercolors, Acrylic

Tina Christiansen

Born June 19, 1954 in Dallas, Texas to a Navy family and therefore, raised in several states across the eastern and western US seaboard.

University of Florida (Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental Design, summa cum laude 1976) Outstanding Student Award
Virginia Tech (Master of Architecture, magna cum laude 1980)
Registered Architect (States of Colorado in the 1980’s and California in the 1990’s – current reg. #C20460)
Art Published: by Rock and Ice Magazine, “Orchid” water color 1990. Art Exhibition: at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. “Watercolor studies of Clouds and Storms by artist Tina Christiansen” 1988.
Coronado Art Walk Exhibition: participating artist 2002 Art Exhibition: On-going at the lobby of the Hotel Solamar, San Diego, California. 15 works by artist Tina Christiansen, 2008 – 2016. In 2008 Tina created a silk fashion line of wearable art that are reproductions of her paintings on silk. To view this collection, visit
The Tina Christiansen Art Gallery located at 139 Orange Avenue in Coronado, California opened in 2009 and was operated until 2011. Tina owned and operated the gallery, where she exhibited her works and those of other island artists that she represented. She taught art and held open studio evenings where she hosted exhibits of work. She held live painting demonstrations on site. During this time she formed the Coronado Art Colony, a collaborative artists group.
Anthenaeum Music and Arts Library, San Diego, California. “A View of Earth from Space” an acrylic on board painting is selected for the 20th annual juried exhibition in 2011.
Art Exhibition: “The Sea” a one woman show featuring the work of island artist Tina Christiansen, Union Bank, Coronado, California in 2011.
Art Exhibition: “Islands and Oceans” Chase Bank, Coronado, California in 2012.
2012-2104 Coronado Arts Commission, member of the Visual Artist’s working group. Tina performed duties as the visual artist event coordinator and contributed to the group’s successful efforts to construct a gallery exhibit space at the City’s community center.
Art Exhibition: “Below the Surface of the Sea” Chase Bank, Coronado, California in 2013.
Art Exhibition: The City of Solana Beach Art Gallery “Oceans and the art of Tina Christiansen” in 2013.
Artist’s Retreat-by-the-Sea, Tina taught classes in water color techniques and held public demonstrations of water media painting hosted by the 1906 Historic Lodge in Coronado in 2014.
Art Exhibition: selected works by the artist at the Emerald C Gallery in Coronado, California from 2014-2015.
Magazine Publication, “Artists Portfolio: Tina Christiansen” by X-Ray Magazine, a worldwide diving Magazine, publication #66, available on line at
Murals at PetCo Corporate Headquarters, San Diego, California. Two works, “Reef Sharks” and “Parga Fish with Crepuscular Rays” were selected for large mural installations of 30 ft. x 50 ft. in size each. The murals were created by digital reproduction of original paintings by Tina, then printed for permanent installation inside the newly constructed corporate headquarters of Petco in 2015.
In April 2015 Tina retired from architectural practice and from her position as the Planning Director and Chief Building Official for the City of Solana Beach, California. She now resides in Coronado, CA with her husband of 32 years, Jim Cauthorn.
Art Exhibition: “Works on Silk by artist Tina Christiansen” at the Sno-Isle Oak Harbor public library in October 2015 and an exhibition of her paintings of the sea in June 2016. To view Tina's online gallery, visit Tina is the founder of the Coronado Art Colony. To visit online, go to

Samples of artist's work below. Click image for a larger view. 
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