Feather Painter grabbing national attention

 For many, it is hard to find a job that is also their passion. For Tina Richards, that is not the case.

Richards, 49, from Columbus Junction, Iowa, has been in the Branson area for 13 years and she’s been following her passion for six years by painting.

“When I started painting, I didn’t know I could do it,” said Richards. “I always drew and I used to draw cartoony things, but I never took art past grade school.

“My teacher would always have us sketch, I’m so glad that she did that because that really challenged us and it was always my thing.”

When Richards got older she would draw cartoons for kids’ rooms and church but nothing that really went beyond cartoons.

Six years ago, a friend took Richards to an outdoor festival at Silver Dollar City (SDC) and there she saw a lady painting feathers. 

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