Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Crista began painting in oils in 1989 under the instruction of John Phillip Osborne at the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, NJ. She graduated from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2000, receiving a bachelor’s degree of fine arts painting, and in 2003, received a master’s degree of fine arts painting from the New York Academy Graduate School of Figurative Art.
Crista paints landscapes mostly en plein air as well as in her studio in Nyack, NY, and is known for painting on a small scale. Influenced by the Hudson River School, she also loves the Macchiaioli, a group of Italian Painters active in Tuscany in the second half of the Nineteenth Century. Some of her favorite artists are George Inness, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Martin Johnson Heade, and Edward Lear.
Aside from participating in various plein air events throughout the year, she exhibits throughout New England and New York.
Great things come in small packages! Despite their diminutive size, the quality of Crista’s craftsmanship and finishing details make each of these little treasures a world of their own – they draw the viewer in and hold them there with surprising power.