Local artist and muralist Christine “Tina” Hagstrom has quite the loyal following at the Astor County Library. She has had weekly acrylic painting classes since January of this year and they are still going strong. Classes are on Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Some of her students, averaging 8 to 10 per class, even show up an hour or two early to practice before she arrives.
Since the age of 15 Tina has tried every art medium possible. She found each and every one of them rewarding. She has taken art classes at Palm Beach Junior College in Lake Worth and at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. At twenty-one she married and pursued a career in drafting and then commercial art in West Palm Beach. After moving to Philadelphia, due to her husband being in the Navy, Tina then discovered murals. She was commissioned to do a wall mural for the Officers Quarters at the Naval Station…little did they know she had never done one before! She was even complimented on her techniques by a Professor from the Philadelphia Art Institute. Even with raising three children, Tina never went without art in her life. After living in Georgia and Texas she eventually started her own business, Sign Art by Tina, and then made her way back to Florida.
Tina has had many unique artistic experiences in her life. While lettering Pro Super Stock Chevys for Gatornationals the manager for ZZ Top asked her if she wanted a job. She then found herself touring with ZZ Top and maintaining the Eliminator, Cadzilla, and Hogzillas for Billy Gibbons. These were the days before vinyl applications entered the sign industry. Tina at one time maintained up to eight race cars for the Volusia County Speedway. She even met Dale Earnhardt during the filming of Days of Thunder.
Tina’s students hope that she will be around for a long, long time. They not only find her classes fun, but therapeutic and a pleasant escape from reality. One of her students said that the art classes are a breath of fresh air from just sitting around watching television. Some of them are finding their hidden talents and have even sold some of their paintings. Thank you Tina for all that you do and for the lives you have artistically changed forever!