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Hi! I’m Christy. I’m a painter, illustrator, printmaker, self-taught designer, seamstress and knitter, small time farmer, amateur beast trainer and I cook some pretty tasty food ( a necessity when you live as far away from civilization as I do)… let’s just say I keep busy and that little bits and pieces of my life sneak into my art from all directions. I enjoy working in almost any medium and relish the fact that each creative project, even when seemingly unrelated, brings inspiration for the next.
I grew up in a small town in Southern Colorado, helping out with the family restaurant and inheriting not just a strong work ethic but a long creative tradition passed down from parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, friends and mentors. I continued my studies at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where I became fascinated with printmaking and earned my degree in Fine Arts with a focus in printmaking and drawing. My interests have led me down many creative paths, lately, an obsession with oil painting where I’ve been able to come up with a completely non-toxic method of painting which works well for me.
Today, I am living and working in a small casita at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range in Northern New Mexico with my partner and fellow artist, Bradley Sleep, and a scattering of beasts, where my art has taken over a small room in our home. I hang out in there, surrounded by: scraps of paper, shelves of paint and pencils, sewing machines and folds of thrifted fabric, mugs of tea, and the occasional feline or canine companion, and obsess, in a mostly good and only slightly crazy sort of way, over brushstrokes and stitches, ink washes and pencil marks.