Christina is a multidisciplinary artist and high school art educator who creates and teaches outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Surrounded by woods, wetlands, and lakes, Christina draws visual inspiration from her local surroundings and travels. Within her painting process, Christina uses an image transfer method to embed a wide array of maps, charts, and text, amidst multiple layers of paint. Christina enjoys creating custom work for both private and corporate clients and has gallery representation in Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Maine, and North Carolina. She has received multiple regional and national awards for her paintings and was one of three recipients of the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Residency for Art Educators in 2019.
My paintings represent the relationships that exist between place, memory, and the passing of time. Within my pieces, I aim to create a meditative space for the viewer to pause and reflect on their connections between location and memory. As a Minnesota native, much of my visual inspiration comes from familiar, local bodies of water as well as my travels to Lake Superior and the east and west coasts. Across series of work, I am interested in capturing the dualistic qualities of water, ranging from a calming and tranquil element to a humbling, powerful force. I incorporate a variety of regional, celestial, and historical maps and documents within my paintings as a nod to the enduring, permanent presence of water within our individual and collective experiences. I enjoy the challenge associated with pairing calculated, graphic imagery with organic, hand-painted brushstrokes and carefully consider placement and opacity so that one component does not overpower the other. My artmaking process is methodical and largely introspective, and my hope is that my finished work may act as “portholes” or catalysts of sorts, transporting viewers back to past moments and emotions previously encountered.