Tina (Tfail), United States

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On December 25, 2015, Tina was diagnosed with stage four Glioblastoma Multiforme, a particularly virulent form of cancer which attacked her brain, damaging her left frontal lobe and eventually causing catastrophic damage to her CNS and brain stem. On March 9th, 2016 she succumbed to her battle with cancer. She was 31 years old.

A self taught Illustrator with a impressive self cultivated fan base, Tina’s striking visual lexicon was immediately recognizable. Many of her works showcase a particular feminine representation— a hollowed eyed, ethereal young woman, with waves in her hair and a solemn facial expression that seems imbued with power and dignity, with a hint of reckless abandon and natural beauty. It is a face - an average Angeleno woman; defiant and simultaneously at peace, armed for battle with nothing but her own skin and intelligence, ethereal and regal, beautiful and powerful, as if natural urban royalty—this woman embodies the proud, pumping, beating heart of modern women everywhere. Tina's work was to her a way to offer something back to those she never met, but still wanted to inspire. If she could do it, so could you. That was her belief, that by offering the best she could to any given situation, she could inspire others to do the same.


There is currently a documentary film in the works about her that is set to be something truly remarkable. Tina was the absolute love and light of my life, I appreciate any support on her behalf and would be so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to get her story out to a larger audience.

Tina St.Claire Website: http://tfailmakesart.com/
Tina's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tfail/
Tina St. Claire Documentary: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tina-st-claire-heroine-documentary-art-cancer/x/16173031#/

Written by Derek Seltzer