My specialty is Wyoming Steamboat branded and nature-inspired resin and fluid art in the form of functional home décor such as serving trays, lazy susans, charcuterie/cutting boards, bears, coasters, memorials, geode art and more. I believe art should be all around us – used in everyday ways, not reserved solely for display on walls and pedestals, so I strive to make almost all of my art functional in some way.
My home studio in NW Wyoming is my “mad science lab” where I get messy and colorful working hands-on with combined materials like epoxy resin, paint, ink, vinyl, glitter, wood, antlers and crystals. My talented husband makes many of my cutting boards and our two standard poodles motivate me to work hard to give them better lives.
I find creative inspiration everywhere but especially in my own state of Wyoming where dramatic scenery and wildlife is abundant but also from more tropical locations like Hawaii. I can never get enough Aloha.
Art has always been part of my life and being creative is my avenue for true self- expression regardless of the medium. Not only do I thrill in creating original resin and fluid art but also in seeing people’s reactions to my final pieces. If you happen to catch me at an art show or other event, I’m happy to discuss techniques and explain my various processes. I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned and watching others bloom creatively.
Tina (Faxon) Fagan is a Wyoming native currently working as a resin artist near Yellowstone. Driven to be an artist since a young age, she attended Northwest College in Powell to earn degrees in both Graphic Design and Graphic Art and went directly into professional web design and graphic design upon graduation. She worked in those fields for a large telecommunications company and in a freelance and contractor capacity for 22 years. The desire to work hands-on, creating art instead of sitting in front of monitors all day, finally became a reality in 2019, right before Covid.
Animals, nature and family have been her three biggest inspirations, growing up in NE Wyoming, always with dogs and having a very creatively inclined family in WY and TN who encouraged her every step of the way, and still do today. She lives with her husband, Pudge, who hobbies in woodworking and they enjoy making projects together. Staying home with her standard poodles has always been a major perk of having a home studio and office and flexibility of the work allows time for an annual girl’s trip to the beach.
The natural flow of liquid art materials such as epoxy resin art is relatively new as an abstract art form. There doesn’t seem to be a definite term for artists using this medium yet but the titles that seem to be coming out on top are resin artist, flow artist and fluid artist. Although Tina uses various methods such as acrylic pouring and alcohol inks, resin work is her go-to method. The versatility of these mediums provides her with endless opportunities for expression and it really is where her creative heart belongs.