Christine began a love of drawing at age five after helping her artistic mother render portraits of her siblings. She received a scholarship to study fine art at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she completed a rigorous program of classical instruction. During her junior year, Christine was selected as the sole recipient for an independent study in advanced experimental drawing and painting with Gardiner McCauley, head of the art college. Her final project, a five-foot square mixed media portrait was installed in the college reception area and published in the curriculum catalog. After graduating, Christine worked in her hometown of Chicago as a graphic designer and illustrator. Recruited to a large photography turnkey operation as a creative director and sales representative, she thrived in a career of both art and marketing. Christine moved west in the early 90’s, where she studied acrylic and oil painting at UCLA. Her affinity to paint the figure blossomed into a career as a portraiture artist. In recent years, she has drawn from both her imagination and surroundings to create imagery that combines her traditional training with a modern edge. These works include lone figures amid simplified landscapes, and enlarged depictions of secondhand collectables. She describes her work as detailed perspectives that capture a mood in time. Christine lives and works in southern California and is collected throughout the US and abroad.
“My surroundings inspire what I paint, such as observing beach life in California and browsing local resale shops for nostalgic collectables. These visual impressions turn into concepts that become a conversation on my canvas of captured moments, compositional elements and intense detail. Recently, I have been sketching ideas that blend my love of traditional art with modern design and dreamy imagery; a child sitting in front of a sunset hypnotizing butterflies, a seductive ceramic cat proudly displaying it’s reflection of a window. Using references from both life and photography, my subjects are painted with many layers of intricate brushwork to create imagery that is both refined and dramatic.”
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA: Studies in Advanced Acrylic and Oil Painting 1993-1995
Chicago Academy of Art, Chicago, IL: Advanced Illustration 1983
Stephens College, Columbia, MO: Bachelors of Arts, Graphic Design 1978-1982
American Women Artists, Associate with Distinction