As a young Spanish girl, Leticia "Tish" Barrentine grew up in a charmed country lifestyle in Brownsville, Texas.
Barrentine was raised by strict-but-loving French-Spanish parents who taught her strength of values, being compassionate and passionate in all she accomplished.
Barrentine was one of five children. Her father worked outside the home, while her mother taught the children painting, knitting, sewing, crafts and decoupage.
Today, Barrentine lives in Denver, where she creates art in her home studio, focusing primarily on decoupage. Barrentine laughs when she mentions her first decoupage works, which used cereal boxes.
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Decoupage is a French word derived from the word "decouper" meaning "to cut." About 17 years ago, Barrentine started to dabble in decoupage again when she stumbled across some beautiful crafts from another artist. Barrentine began creating work for Christmas shows, creating plates for the holidays.
As she grew into the art, she found herself needing more space and glass products. About five years ago, she opened a booth at Blacklion in Huntersville.
"When I get to see people, I can't wait to show them my designs," she said.
Barrentine now occupies a space at the antiques village in Building 16 at Metrolina Fairgrounds. Valentins Designs, Barrentine's space, is one of five vendors occupying this area.
Barrentine has a studio in her home, and her work has become well known to people who travel from various parts of the country. Barrentine also has been commissioned to do many decoupage pieces, including chairs and wall art.
Barrentine can be found at her space at Metrolina the first weekend of the month, Thursday through Sunday. You can reach Barrentine at Valentins@earthlink.net.