The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. – Aristotle
“I feel like I have been an observer of line my whole life. In essence, I believe the work begins before pen is put to paper or brush to canvas.
I am constantly looking, studying and composing in my mind. When I begin any piece, I lay down lines first, working it until it has all the proper weight, measurements and proportions. This gives me the structure, the bones on which to lay the paint.
Then comes bringing in those rich beautiful colors, all the while using light and shadow to tell the whole story, giving the painting a certain soulfulness”.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. – Thomas Merton
Christy’s talent surfaced in earnest during her high school years as her high school art teacher recognized her special ability and selected her to attend a summer program at the Maryland School of Art and Design. Studying works at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. served as a wonderful learning environment and place of inspiration as well during these years.
She then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design with a minor in Art from East Carolina University in North Carolina. In 2010, during a two year period of residency in Paris, France she had the opportunity to study at the Moulin de Perrot Fine Academy of FIne Arts near Provence.
Within the last ten years Christy has seriously begun to pursue working with oils, and her subject preferences remain still life, nude, and plein-air landscape. She has studied with notable painters in the field in an effort to hone her skills such as: Walt Bartman, Qiang Huang and Jeremy Lipking. This is a process from which she draws deep joy and satisfaction from, one which no doubt will last a lifetime.