About David Tinnon

David TinnonBorn in Cookeville Tennessee in 1947, David Tinnon grew up in a small southern town during the fifties and sixties. He spent most of his in-school hours drawing stick figures, air planes, ships, and submarines.

By high school, Tinnon's interest had changed to cartoon renderings of hot rods and custom ordered designs. Inspired by ads in Hot Rod magazine, Tinnon purchased an airbrush. He proceeded to cover t-shirts and sweatshirts with dragsters, monsters, and various popular rock bands. Ed Roth, or"Big Daddy", in California and "Mouse" in Detroit where Tinnon's inspiration. Occasionally Tinnon's artwork was spotted on cars and the walls of different clubs in Cookeville and Nashville.

In 1965 Tinnon packed up his airbrush and took the Greyhound bus to California. Once in California, Tinnon went to work for Ed Roth, painting shirts that sold at car shows ranging from Long Beach to New York. Tinnon learned to make line film negative, halftone negatives, strip film, and burn plates while Roth was starting Chopper Magazine.

By the summer of '68 the t-shirt craze was beginning to fade. Tinnon left Roth Studios and went to work in commercial photo production at Quantity Photos Inc. in Hollywood.

After a year at Quantity Photos, Tinnon started work as an assistant to the head photographer at Meriman Photography Inc, Los Angeles. Frank Knaus was an employee at Meriman Photography during the time that Tinnon worked there. Knaus literally wrote the book on airbrush technique for Passche, a leading manufacturer of airbrushes and related equipment. Knaus could easily whipped out complex dimensional renderings of industrial tools and equipment from manufacturer's blueprints. Tinnon had absorbed a lot from his visits with Knaus and eventually combined his experience with airbrush and his work in photography to begin a career in airbrush photo-retouching serving the fashion and product ad agencies around Los Angeles.

During this period, Tinnon worked briefly at G.P.Color, Los Angeles. Under the supervision of Andrew Cha, he learned color film retouching, composite imaging and special effects masking.

In the late 70's, Cha left G.P.Color and founded Colorscope. Colorscope focused on serving the printing industries' need for the assembly, enhancement and alteration of color images. At Andrew's invitation, Tinnon joined Colorscope and spent five years working at the cutting edge of still image graphics.

By the late 80's, Tinnon was loosing interest in art as a computer based medium and Colorscope was now updating to desktop programs. So as the 90's approached, Tinnon started experimenting with oils, both large and small. His experience in the world of photo retouching made painting of micro-art an easy transition.

Tinnon has successfully repainted the works of Winslow Homer, Monet, Pissaro, Constable, and the Hudson River School to the size of postage stamps. His micro-art has been marketed at miniature shows in the United States and England. Several of his pieces have been acquired by the Museum of Miniatures in Los Angeles and an art museum in Japan.

The more recent shift to landscapes and the move to Idaho in 2000 has produced dramatic and satisfying results. Tinnon's subjects are now the Payette, Snake and Boise rivers as well as the New York, Ridenbaugh and other canals found in the Treasure Valley area of western Idaho. Tinnon also remains involved in digital imaging management and giclée printing with Justinen Creative Group in Nampa, Idaho and lives on the outskirts of Nampa with Vickie, his wife of 26 years, and five of their eight children.

All images copyright of David Tinnon ©2007