Christie Ann Robinson
Creativity is as essential to me as breathing. Playing with light and color is such a joy, and when everything works it is breathtaking. It is spiritual. If you are lucky enough to reach that place others can feel it too. It is like sharing a special experience, heart to heart, and Soul to Soul. This is what I strive for in my art, creating something that speaks to another and gives them a moment out of time.
I remember going to the Chicago Art Institute as a child to see the painting of some of the most famous artists in the world. Those paintings left me with such a feeling of awe. I remember thinking, "How did they do that?" And then I learned how, practice, practice, practice. In the end it is so worth it. It is my hope that my paintings will evoke that feeling of awe in those who see them, and that perhaps they might desire to learn themselves.
I also remember the first time I created a painting that made me cry, for joy. I woke up the morning after finishing the painting, and when I walked over to look at it I couldn't believe that I had created that painting. I called my aunt, a great artist and teacher, and said, "This is going to sound arrogant and it's not meant to be, but I did a painting and it's so good I cried." Her response was perfect. She said, "Isn't it wonderful when that happens?" And I knew she understood, and that I had truly joined the ranks of the professional artist.
Now, I am giving back for all of those who helped me along the way by being on the board of my pastel society, helping to create a wonderful place for new artists to grow and thrive.
I was recently in the juried Appalachian Pastel Society Member Show, and was also recently selected as selected 31st out of 100 winners in the international 50th Anniversary $50,000 Artist Merit and Achievement Awards through the Jerry Goldstein Foundation.