Being originally more of an oil painter, I created a set of scenics from photos I took in eastern France, of two views of a river with bridges. The play of the diffused sunlight on the scene and the reflections in the lazy water I found pretty interesting. I have also added acrylics and artist books to my repertoire.
One thing about my work has become clear — I love detail. As my husband likes to say, “If it’s worth doing it’s worth over-doing!” I guess we are in sync on that.
Carol Christ is a graduate of The Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee and for many years an Art Director at ad agencies in Elm Grove and Brookfield. Carol Christ paints en plein air and out of her home studio, Coventry End, in Franklin, Wisconsin.
Award-Winning Watercolor Paintings, Oil Paintings, Acrylic Paintings and Artist's Books
I began coloring on walls at age 2. My medium of choice was Crayola in Periwinkle. At age 3, I incorporated paper into my work. By age 6, I had moved into grown-up media with paint-by-numbers.
During my kindergarten through high school years I experimented with many forms of art, eventually winning a contest with a tempera painting. When I graduated from Custer High in Milwaukee, I was presented with a Bronze Palette Award for excellence in art.
After high school, I attended MATC and graduated with an Associate of Arts in Commercial Art. I next graduated from The Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee where I studied oil painting under Tom Uttech, fibers under Ruth Kao, ceramics under Anne Kingsbury and artist’s books under Max Yela.
At the conclusion of a long hiatus after college, I began painting with a girlfriend, Wisconsin artist Suzanne Eli-Germaine, just for the fun of it. That first summer we painted outdoors in a neighbor's pasture with cows and three nosy Sandhill Cranes looking on.
My first few paintings were watercolors with simple classic subjects; a faceted glass vase of wilting sunflowers, a wooden bowl of fruit on a draped plaid tablecloth, and two farm scenes (I'm from Wisconsin!). Watercolors – because they are convenient and easily portable, simple subjects – because I needed to re-learn my "art."
This series of early watercolors I call my Etude Series, lessons in shapes, light and patterns. I became interested in the transparency of watercolor, which I first explored in a multi-layered study of a musician with flute, piano and