‘Art has never been recognition and what hangs on museum walls. It’s significance lies in the act of creating it and letting it loose to find its own way in the world’ (Page 360 Learning to See by Elise Hooper)
Chrissie is a full time artist who splits her time between the USA and the UK. Because of Covid she finds herself currently ‘stranded’ in the UK and has taken a studio near Cambridge to enable her to create a body of work during lockdown.
Her style is intuitive/non objective in style and is almost devoid of intention. Chrissie goes to the easel or table with no idea of what might appear. She uses no reference material and chooses a red, yellow and blue, adds a dark and a light, then embarks on creating colors, often directly onto the canvas. She then adds layers, scraping, scratching, drawing, doodling, adding washes then scraping some more until something begins to take shape and the painting decides what it wants to be. If she tries to force something it never works. If a fish or something else representational appears, its because it wants to be there and she then decides if it can stay. Finding this way of bringing things into the light is the best thing that ever happened to her.
Please contact Chrissie if you would like to know more about her work or to buy an original piece. High quality giclees/prints and cards of all her paintings are available on request. She also does workshops one to one and for small groups of up to 6 people online, or in person once lockdown eases. Let her know if you would be interested in any of these options.