Art Critic © Christine Swann
Bio: Christine Swann studied fine art in college, then worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator as well as painting murals and teaching. Recently coming back to fine art portraiture, her sensitive paintings of children have allowed her to concentrate full-time on commissioned portraits.
Christine is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a member of the IAPS Masters’ Circle. She is also a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and was nominated as Emerging Artist of the Year in 2004. She is currently the President of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League and a Past President of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society.
She is an award-winning artist on the international level, including winning the 2015 “Prix de Pastel” Best of show award and the 2013 Gold Medal at IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Convention. She also won the Founders Award in 2013 in honor of Flora B Giffuni at the Pastel Society of America’s International Exhibit in New York. She was featured for four years in a row in the Pastel 100, including second place for portraiture in 2014. In the January 2005 issue of International Artist Magazine, she was published as a top ten finalist in their international People and Figures competition. She was also published in the book, How Did They Do That? - 100 Ways To Paint People and Figures. She was also published in the sixth and eighth editions of Strokes of Genius.
Christine is represented by the James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects: Portraits; figurative.
The artist states that the figure has always been her first choice as subject matter because the genre is challenging, complex, and difficult to execute well. The long stretch of time it takes to complete a portrait to her satisfaction is never dull. “I will spend hours creating a little kid’s nose but get bored quickly with painting a tree,” she says. “With a tree, I will just say, ‘Oh, that’s close enough.’”….
“My obsession now is faces. Subtle nuances that set one child apart from another or wonderful wrinkles in a wise face. I love sunlit hair and bare feet - the mommy in me comes to the table as well. And despite all the detail, the graphic designer in me still lives and tries to bring a well-thought-out plan to every painting.”
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