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 her paintings by pairing her feelings with a music genre. From there, she selects a color palette which is a direct reaction to the musical inspiration. The paintings are created in her studio, where they evolve through intuitive abstraction. Her work is as varied in color, texture, and composition as the wide range of music that she explores and leverages 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 sometimes spray paint 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 often in our home. As a young child and teenager, we relocated often 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 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 reaction to what I am listening to.
What emerges on the canvas is highly emotional. My paintings are personal, energetic, 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. Collectors connect with that feeling and regularly share that my paintings are joyful, upbeat and have a positive vibe.
Influences that you may see threaded through my work include abstract painters like Helen Frankenthaler. Richard Diebenkorn, and Joan Mitchell.
In addition to my artist life, I enjoy a fulltime career as a technology executive at Microsoft. I am a member of Women in Technology and Executive Sponsor of the Creative Conscious Community which is a joint initiative between Microsoft and LinkedIn to feed and nurture creativity in the arts for its over 180,000 employees. I have a BA in Economics and Social Science from Michigan State University and an MBA in Marketing from American University. I am also a founding board member on the Ted Rullo Foundation (tedrullofoundation.org) an organization dedicated to providing college scholarship to future leaders.
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.