Christine Sullivan is a representational abstract landscape painter whose imagery communicates her deep connection to the land – the structures, colors and light of a youth spent playing out in the farms and fields of upstate New York and by the waters of Cape Cod.
I am curious about man’s relationship with the land – our reliance as well as our changing geography. The decaying out-buildings of the small family farms I lived by as a child still proudly stand witness now flanked by tall, shrine-like wind turbines or expansive walled suburban complexes. And yet in the backyards of life white sheets still snap on clotheslines and tall masts ring in the wind while hard-knuckled farmers and fishermen work the fields and the waters as did their fathers before them. These themes often appear in my work representing the transitions and migrations we go through in life – the overlap of the generations and the continuity, the passing down, passing over or pressing out of the past to see what remains, what we keep – as this is where our personal geography forms.”
Christine studied art & geography in college and was recognized for her watercolor paintings. Then in January 2010, after retiring from a 25 year career as a marketing executive in the television industry, she discovered Hollingsworth Gallery and found her passion for oils under the tutelage of J.J.Graham at his SECCA School of the Arts. Here she was inspired by JJ’s passion for painting, teaching, his generous sharing of knowledge as well as specific focus on the abstract expressionists. Soon she was painting daily and now has her own studio at SECCA Tree. In 2011 her work was accepted into juried exhibitions in NYS and she was awarded a 4-week artist residency to work on her “Clothesline Project.” Christine’s first solo exhibition was held here at Hollingsworth Gallery in April 2012.