Tina Nemetz

Mentor Philosophy

My philosophies around Mentoring are simple. We are whole and complete. We each have everything one needs, to do anything we want, anything we desire, at anytime. We do not always see that, sometimes we are blind to the most obvious, or simply ignoring what we do not find easy. Making art is an act of bravery and beauty.

The Mentor/Protégée relationship for me is protégée driven. Driven by your personal goals, needs and concerns. I create a safe place for experimentation. I ask many questions, helping you to come to your own answers. I guide you on a journey to lead you to be the creative person you want to be, successful by your definition. I am your support; the Mentor Program is your community.


Environmental Sculpture, Mixed media Sculpture, Foundry, Mold Making, Armatures, Mask Making, Painting, Installation, Digital Arts, Experimental Photography, Parade and Puppet art.


I am committed to working with a protégé for a two year cycle or on a short term project, building relationships that support our commitment to art, exploration and exhibition. Sharing myself, my experience and personal view in: Commitment to Process and Possibility, Long Range Planning, Grant Writing, Documentation, Creating a Public Context, Problem Solving and Personal Support and Self Assessment. Life should be fun. Art should be fun.

Artist Statement

My art making is a personal exploration into deeper parts of my creative self. I am challenged, stretched and rewarded when I search through my personal experiences, move through a process, and producing an image that represents what I am feeling. My art has taught me about my body, mind, feelings and spirit. My dolls allow me to affirm my life and my growth, the joy and the pain, and let go of what I’m ready to release and move toward transformation and healing.

I am inspired by many cultures’ spiritual and healing symbols; they add meaning to my dolls. My inspiration also comes from books, my art journals, nature, and my own healing process. I also enjoy designing – playing with possibilities, allowing my imagination to flow free and surprising myself with a doll that makes me laugh. I often use sticks, roots, and materials from nature, clay, fibers and painted fabric. I often take photos of my dolls and incorporate them into my art journals in order to deepen my experience with their message.