Christine has always worked in the field of design. From entering Art College at the age of sixteen to the present day her world has always had a strong art and design emphasis and she has been lucky enough to have the opportunity to both make design her way of life and her profession.
Christine was born and brought up in London, moved to Suffolk in her teens and has been living and working in Scotland for the past twenty two years. She lives in a traditional croft house near the village of Edderton, north of Inverness. Buried deep in the countryside the house overlooks a wooded valley to the south and has views of the Struie Hills to the north. Christine says of her surroundings, “The beauty of the landscape in Scotland is comparable to the best anywhere in the world. I feel overwhelmed and inspired by the ever changing drama, texture and colour of the scenery”.
Christine is often asked about her distinctive style and use of colour and how it evolved. Her answer is this,
“Why do I work in watercolour? Well, the short answer is because it is a challenge. I don’t think I could find a medium less suited to my natural style of work.
Some ask me how I developed my distinctive style. This was not a conscious effort it was more my way of coping with the medium. I use masking fluid copiously to give texture and as a drawing medium. This allows me to be bold in my initial application of colour and still be able to find my original composition beneath all the paint. I also use varying amounts of ink with the watercolour for delicate touches of white at the end of the work and occasionally in areas of dark at the beginning of a work. The masking fluid gives me a second chance to retrieve lights within my painting
Working in watercolours is a constant battle. It is often over quickly (a few hours to do a painting with lots of time waiting for washes to dry in between) but the battle often rages for days. On one memorable occasion my painting was thrown away at least four times and pulled out of the bin again and again for more work. When finished the work showed signs of the misery and angst I had suffered in the process. It is one of the few paintings I really regret selling as it had too much of my soul in it to give to someone else.
Watercolour is not a nice pale hobby for me it is exciting, vibrant and a battle I really enjoy. If I may I will quote a fellow painter who, in the foreword to his exhibition catalogue, wrote “Painting is like making love if it is calm and relaxing then you are doing it wrong”.”
Christine’s work has found its way into private collections world wide. She exhibits both in and around Inverness and elsewhere in Scotland and the UK. Christine also teaches several workshops each year both in Scotland and in France where she and her husband have a holiday home.