Born in the British Virgin Islands, Christie travelled to London to work as a muralist and set painter. In her still lifes she celebrates the everyday rituals and settings of the home, while using a limited palette influenced by the colours of the nearby coastline. Painting near the sea is a constant inspiration for not only colour but also texture. Driven to create soulful compositions, she relies on memory and instinct and numerous sketchbooks...
" as soon as the colour is right, then an exciting journey begins."
Incorporating favourite objects into her still life's, Christie rejoices in the relationships and spaces made by these forms and the compositions they create on the flat plane of the table. Her colours are influenced by the view from her studio: greys, whites and blues of the seas, skies and chalky cliffs. Scratching, sanding and painting alternately texture is achieved that reflect the smooth, porous pebbles and bleached shells of the Bay where she lives.
"Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach waiting for a gift from the sea."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Royal Watercolour Society
Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 9JH