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Local artist Christina Kearns specializes in watercolours and photography.
She grew up in an artistic household and as a result has made creativity
a constant part of her life since the age of six. Approximately
15 years ago she discovered watercolours as her favourite medium.
Because she enjoyed painting so much she was moved to share her
gift with others, through teaching, in hopes of inspiring them as
well. Christina is a past member of both the Ottawa Valley Artist
Association, the Ottawa Artists Association and a current member
in good standing of the Kingston Arts Council.
Her work is her passion. She capitalizes on her insatiable curiosity
about life, and nature, and then combines her skills as an artist
with her fundamental and all-encompassing spirituality to produce
her paintings. Using nature> '> s solitude and silence as
guides, she uses her camera as a third eye, with a direct link to
the spirit, soul and heart, somewhat like a " seventh> "
Christina ' s interest in interpreting the visual messages found
in nature has inspired her to capture her inner journey - step by
step - frame by frame - ever-changing, evolving, unfolding, surprising
and healing. She says " Each painting urges me on - calling
me to further explore the mystery that is myself" . The artist
hopes to share these insights with others, communicating inspiring
messages that tell a story - like pages of a journal - one page
at a time.
More recently her watercolours have taken on an almost dream-like
quality. The style is soft, magical and velvety, yet vibrant. Upon
closer examination the viewer may discover hidden images. For Christina,
painting is like meditating with an open palette.
As an " Artist in Residence" in 2001, Christina created
a series of 37 paintings for the Ministry of Transportation that
now form part of the Ontario Government ' s permanent collection.
In addition, she was commissioned to create a commemorative painting
for the Minister of Transportation ' s office. Christina has created
and sold paintings that are now in private collections in Canada,
the U.S. and overseas. At the same time, photos of four paintings
were published in the magazine " Road Talk " which receives
national distribution in Canada.
Shows and Exhibits:
Over the past seven years, Christina ' s work has appeared in
many Kingston locations such as Chapters, Next Church, Inverary
United Church, and The Gallery Café. Her works have also
appeared at The Ottawa Little Theatre, Hawkesbury Gallery, and Voyageur
Christina's work is available for viewing at the Gallery Café
from July 1, 2004 through July 31, 2004 with an opening reception
July 11, from 2pm - 4 pm.