Description This is one of many (and many more to come) images I've painted of the Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo New Mexico. This little church has great energy and great angles. It may not be recreated quite as much as the famous St Francis Church in Taos, but it's a close second! If ever in New Mexico, you have to visit this lovely little gem! This piece is from an original in oil pastel.
Christine Wasankari, Olympic National Park, Washington State Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement Christine Wasankari has an extensive art background and majored in both Illustration and Advertising Graphic Design at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado
She has exhibited in Washington, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming and her original paintings and prints are in private and corporate collections in many parts of the US and Europe. She specializes in landscapes, still life, floral and abstract expressionism while utilizing a wide range of media. She is currently living in Washington State near the beautiful and inspiring Olympic National Park.
"I have an extensive art background starting even before art college at the age of 28. As is the case with many artists, I knew I would be creating in one form or another from the time I colored and taped up my Dr. Seuss books at around age 3 or 4. (Thanks Mom!!) I am also reminded, even vaguely remember, working on my first abstracts around this same time. These first works started at the floor and went as high as I could reach and spanned my entire bedroom. Not real great for my poor mom and dad. I'm lucky they didn't ground me for the rest of my life. They were always having to pay someone to clean it all up real nice and tidy due to being in the military and moving so much. If the place wasn't perfect my dad was in trouble!
Now that I live in upper Washington State, on the northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula, I realize this whole journey has helped me in stages to discover who I am as an artist. Living here while navigating those various life crisis we all have, has afforded me the opportunity to do what I love best -- Create a visual through art for others to experience my passion for life.
Abstract expressionism and experimentation suit me best though I enjoy working representational as well. It depends on where I feel the need to go at any given time. I use a wide range of media including Pen and Ink, Acrylics, Watercolors, Colored Pencils, Pastels, Collage...almost anything I can get my hands on. I am constantly inspired by life, my surroundings and the natural world.
Thank you for reading through a little bit about me, please do enjoy your stay here in my little section of the print world. If you would like to see more in the way of original works available or looking for custom commission work, please visit my store at Heather Sky Studio Gallery