In case you’re curious, here’s a bit more about me. I was born in The Netherlands, where I lived for the first 21 years of my life. Always having had an interest in all things creative, I studied to be an art teacher at Teacher’s College d’Witte Leli in Amsterdam (now part of the Amsterdam School of the Arts). However, no sooner had I completed my college degree, did I meet my future husband Brad and began my life as an expatriate.
Where I live...
Having lived in Spain, The Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and visited many, many more countries, I currently call Bangkok my home, for most of the time. I also spend time in Canada near Toronto and in South Carolina’s Low Country (USA), on a Sea Island called Fripp. So I guess I am a bit of a nomad! ;-) Where’s my favourite place? Well, that’s hard to decide! They all have something beautiful, fun or inspiring.
Back to my creative roots…
After a hiatus of nearly 17 years, I returned to my creative roots when in 2011 I started, with partners, a jewellery business, Senzu Ltd. in Canada and Thailand. Then a few years ago I began picking up my drawing pencils again, and found I am really drawn (pun intended!) to the medium of pastels. Currently I am experimenting mostly with hard and soft pastels, but because I believe that to develop as an artist, you must continue to learn and experimenting is a big part of that, you may see me ply other media as well.
Still learning new things every day and I feel like I am just getting started! ;-)
I hope you enjoy my art, and it inspires you to think about its subject, the beauty of nature or just makes your day a little brighter. I would love to read your comments, feedback and suggestions on my artwork here and invite you to peruse my galleries at your leisure. Also check out my main website, http://cristelpastelartist.com for original paintings, my blog and newsletter updates on new art, events and exhibitions, as well as my Facebook page: http://facebook.com/cristelpastelartist. Hope to see you there!
Active member of the following Artist Associations:
Pastel Artists Canada.
The Southeastern Pastel Society.
Photography Association of Beaufort.