Canada is where I was born. When I was barely six years of age, my family moved to the remote town of Sioux Lookout in Northern Ontario. This small town surrounded by dense forest and thousands of tiny lakes was accessible only by boat, train and a washboard dirt road. Since then, wild places have a very strong connection for me. They are places where I can still my noisy mind. My sense of observation is heightened. I notice small details. I see shapes, colors and textures all around me and I’m filled with an immense joy. It is this feeling of joy I experience once again when creating my art.
I began commissioned oil paintings of landscapes and animals while in my teens. After high school I studied graphic design and illustration at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario subsequently moving to the US to pursue a career in advertising. My career as senior art director led to many opportunities to explore my creativity in a multi-faceted way while I worked for major corporations, Chevron, Macy’s, Domino’s Pizza, Royal Robbins and E&J Gallo Winery. In 2009 I retired. I now follow my dream and devote myself to creating art.
I love hiking. There is magic everywhere I look. Patterns of light and shadow, colors and textures. Living in Mariposa, I share my backyard with deer, wild turkeys, bob cats and grey squirrels. It is a tremendous joy to observe them and be a part of their world.
Christine Obers was recently awarded the Master Circle Gold Medal from the International Association of Pastel Societies. She has achieved Distinguished Pastelist status from the Pastel Society of the West Coast and also received Master Pastelist status from the Pastel Artists of Canada. Her work is in private collections in the US and Canada.
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Preferred Media: digital, jewelry, mixedmedia, painting, pastel, photography, print, sketch