As a contemporary impressionist painter and lifelong nature enthusiast, Christine Lashley gathers most of her ideas by painting outdoors. The art she creates on location or in the studio is about the beauty of a moment held in memory. Her paintings often fuse reality and the abstract, using color and texture to look realistic from afar but dissolve into abstraction up close. Christine has been involved in the arts all her life, with early years sketching outdoors and watching her mother and grandmother create sculpture. She spent several years in the high fashion world of Europe, and then worked in graphic design and creating murals. She began painting professionally with watercolors but moved to oils in 2009. With a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and prior study at the Sorbonne and Parsons in Paris; Christine continued her art education with workshops from prominent artists. Her work has won numerous awards, including Best of Show for both landscape and portrait work.
"In a crowded field of accomplished artists, Christine stands out with a sophisticated palette and a wonderful understanding of what it takes to make good art. She reveals a world of beauty with both subtlety and clarity." - Tim Newton, Chairman of the Board/CEO Emeritus, Salmagundi Club