THE BEAUTY OF PRESCOTT-RUSSELL FARMS
LA BEAUTÉ DES FERMES A PRESCOTT-RUSSELL
Solo Exhibition / Exposition solo
May 16 2017 – July 18 2017
16 mai au 18 juillet 2017
Notice: Artworks at this space and the other exhibit spaces are for sale.
Christine has been an artist for over 60 years. As a child she received at-home tutoring by a gifted mother, and in early school by teaching nuns. Her family often visited art exhibitions and museums to see the works of great artists like Matisse, Picasso, Riopelle, and Lautrec which were a lifetime influence. During her teens, her family cultivated an interest in the ‘avant-garde’ culture, the new “Black” jazz, the “Beatnik” generation, the Absurdist theatre and the 1950-60s highly stylized way of painting.
As a young adult, in spite of lack of money, she kept faith with her art using pastels and pencils which were more affordable. She took fine arts classes at Concordia in the 1970s, but illness prevented her finishing her B.A. Working many jobs to support herself, she painted extensively in watercolour and ink in those years.
Many of her works are “anchored” in the beauty of trees and their mystical messages. Christine’s Métis grandmother told her many stories of the trees moving when only spirits lived on earth. She often took her to sit with trees and taught her to listen to the “talking of the trees in the wind” they were the voice of God. Crows are also frequent “walk-ons” in her works because her grandmother told her the story of how they tried to warn the inhabitants of her mother’s village before Christians came raiding, killing the adults and removing the children – she said : “On les entendait crier: ‘ils viennent ils nous tuent – courez’ –
She has been married since 1982. In 1999, the retina in both her eyes tore and she was told she would shortly be going blind. Dr. Bill Britton of the Ottawa Eye Institute operated using laser surgery. She always mentions this life-changing event, declaring it a miracle and remains grateful because she now paints with a new intensity, going beyond just “seeing and looking”, always depicting more than meets the eye.
She also creates with graphite, ink, watercolour, pastel, and now, especially paints with acrylics. She recently started sculpting with clay and found objects, and is experimenting with mixed media art. Christine is also an ambidextrous painter and likes to “change her thoughts” by using her left hand to draw or paint.
After her retirement, thanks to a patron who liked her work and helped with her tuition fees at the Ottawa School of Arts, Christine obtained her General Arts Program Certificate in December 2014 at the Orleans Campus. She was 68 years old.
I live in Prescott-Russell counties and I am in constant admiration for the lovely country around me. I paint composites of the many farms I see every day and I like working in a large format. It better expresses the occupation of farming because to me it is a labour larger than life and I want to give homage to farmers’ hard work, so acrylic is best because it is a fast and demanding medium and out here they work hard and the seasons in Canada change fast.
J’habite Prescott-Russell et je suis admiratrice du beau paysage tout autour de moi. Je peins un composé des nombreuses belles fermes que je vois à tous les jours. J’aime les créer en grand format et en acrylique; un médium exigeant et sèchant très vite. Cette méthode me permet de mieux exprimer mon admiration pour l’agriculteur, parce qu’ils font un travail grand comme le monde où on y travaille vite et fort car au Canada, les saisons changent vite.