Later she attended college at Cal State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, where she received a BFA in Entertainment Arts.  She returned to the Entertainment industry as the lead artist and background development supervisor for “Rug Rats” and “Rocket Power”, two famously popular television animation shows.    She also was the lead artist and background development supervisor of several Ronald McDonald direct-to-video animations.  Tina also designed sculpture figurines and other gift products for the Disney Store.  She has worked for several well known Entertainment companies such as Disney, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, and Klasky Csupo. 

​​Tina’s gained much of her inspiration from her childhood surroundings in the mid century modernist era. 

Her parents surrounded the home with music, art, and mid century modern furnishings.  Tina’s mother carried her own clothing design label and created beautiful suits, gowns, and cocktail dresses custom made for special patrons.  These seeds of color and design would later emerge in the artist’s work as the main stream inspiration to come many years later.

Tina Schmidt's Mid Century Planet!

Tina’s ongoing inspiration continues to be the mid century modern era and what she coined “Retrofusion” – fusing the elements of  fashion, design, iconic architecture, and various pop culture topics of the 1950’s and 60’s with the lifestyles and demands of today’s modern collectors.  Her paintings go well beyond the surface of character to that of whole environments where shape, light, form, and shadow play a magical role in visual story telling.  Her work is a timeless discovery that is exciting and entertaining for collectors of all ages.  From swanky lounge glamour, chic woman and neighborhood pool parties, to the sublime and fascinating mid century architecture, to the Atomic Age of retro-rockets and space ships, to the eerie subject of UFO’s and Aliens emerging from the post war era -  It all comes together at:

Tina retired from Cal State University Fullerton for the College of the Arts in 2015. She currently is expanding her line of work into other areas of the inner spirit where there is no confinement of form, space, or line. The new works are exciting and express the inner heart of an unquenchable spirit and imagination. These new works will be posted soon!

Tina began her professional work in 1979 designing limited edition sculptures for Neiman Marcus.  As a self taught artist and illustrator, she created sculptures and figurines working with cold cast molds that were electroplated in gold or using cold cast methods using hydrastone, creating animal forms and fantasy subject matter for retail stores during the 1980’s.  She illustrated for the comic and gaming industry creating book covers, game characters, and narrative environments in the early 1990's.   She worked in the Entertainment industry in production for several prime-time television film shows (“Knot’s Landing”, “Falcon Crest”, “Freddy’s Nightmares on Elm Street”, and “Perfect Strangers”) spanning from the 1980’s to the 1990’s where often times her creativity overlapped by many hours into the day and night. 

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