Christine is an award-winning abstract painter based in the Washington DC area. Her paintings explore the intersection of art and music. Specifically, Christine focuses on how music can be used as a true medium in creative expression. She starts paintings by pairing her feelings with a music genre. From there, Christine selects a color palette which is a direct reaction to the musical inspiration and mood. The paintings are created in her studio, where they evolve through intuitive abstraction. Christine's work is varied in color, texture, and composition given the variety of music explored and leveraged for the creative process.
I am an abstract painter who enjoys painting larger pieces on canvas. I use acrylic paints, pastels, charcoal, oil paint sticks and to bring my music inspired paintings to life. I will occasionally create artwork on paper largely for art studies. My creative process starts first and foremost with the music which informs my palette selection and sets the tone for the energy in the work ahead. After this foundation is established, my work is created through intuitive responses and reaction to music, a love of life, and all its experiences.
Why is music so important to the process? My love of music started at a young age. My parents played music constantly in our home. As a young child and teenager, we relocated as a family often to follow my father's career. Music became my first friend in every new town. Even today, my soul deep connection to music drives how I am wired as a human being and an artist. The impact and variety of music utilized to inspire comes out on the canvas. As I listen to jazz, you will see more blues and cool colors, hard rock shows up in reds, blacks, and darker blues while alternative music often presents itself with pinks and neutral palettes. As I get in the zone to create, music allows me to see color and my work is impacted by my personal conversation with what I am listening to.
The art that emerges on the canvas is highly emotional. My collectors share that my paintings are energetic, joyful, and universally uplifting. I believe this is a direct and natural extension of my state of being as I am painting. My optimism and love of life is active and present on my completed work. Influences that you may see threaded through my work include abstract painters like Helen Frankenthaler. Richard Diebenkorn, and Joan Mitchell.
I have a BA in Economics and Social Science from Michigan State University and an MBA in Marketing from American University. I am a founding board member on the Ted Rullo Foundation (tedrullofoundation.org) an organization dedicated to providing college scholarship to future leaders. I enjoy travel, golf and tennis, and love to collect off beat life experiences.
You can also follow my artwork at Instagram @artgallerybyz.
Listen to an excerpt of the Artist Talk @Maryland Hall for Creative Arts.
For this exhibit, I had imagined people enjoying the music and learning more about the painting inspiration. This mother-daughter moment was a highlight for me as an artist.
I have an IGTV channel which shares painting process videos and an art studio tour. Check it out here.
In July, I was recognized with the Microsoft Painting Award. There were six categories of artwork and my I was recognized for the painting category amongst 400 other applicants. . This show was juried by the curators of the Microsoft Art Collection. It was quite a thrill and they produced this video in recognition of the award.
This was a poetry performance which supported the "What is ours?" exhibition at the Sandy Spring Museum in September 2020. The poem is a tribute to my great grandparents their meeting in Italy and life raising a family in the States.