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Christineís art career officially began as a toddler, when she drew on any surface she could find, occasionally including the walls and floors. Her art making then took a long hiatus through adolescence until college, where she rekindled her passion for making art and received a B. A. in fine Arts at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. During this time, she spent several months in Florence, Italy studying printmaking in a Masterís Printmaking studio. After graduating, Christine spent many years exploring different mediums and developing her style as an artist.
Later Christine moved to Boulder, Colorado to begin work on a Masterís degree in Transpersonal Psychology and Art Therapy. Transpersonal psychology is a broadly based holistic philosophy which includes the aspects of spirituality, as well as mind, body and psyche in the therapeutic setting. Art therapy utilizes art making as a therapeutic tool for uncovering deeper insights and fostering healing. During her Masterís work, part of Christineís studies included two intense and fulfilling internships. At one she developed a position to do art therapy with Hospice patients and their families - - working with and healing through dying, death and the bereavement process. At the other, she worked with many different populations, including at risk adolescents, special education elementary school kids, developmentally disabled adults and clients with more severe and dual diagnoses.
In 1999, Christine graduated with her Masterís degree, after completing an intensive six month project for her thesis which focused on a specific way of using art making for healing from trauma and dissociative aspects of the self. The imagery found in her pastel drawings have roots in the powerful experiences she incurred during both the thesis project and the internships. There is an intrinsic aspect of spirit within each of the works Christine creates. Art therapy and this essence of spirit greatly influence her own art making and art imagery.
Since 2000, Christine has shown her artwork in juried shows throughout the Western U.S. and her work may be found in private and corporate collections in throughout the states, in Canada and in Italy as well as on display for sale in select galleries.
Christine currently lives in Bend, OR with her 8 Labrador retrievers, and a cat. She is creating artwork using pastels, as well as beaded and fine silver jewelry designs. She volunteers with 3 of the dogs who are registered Delta Society therapy dogs in the local schools and Memory Care facilities .