Christine Reilly is a visual artist from New England, actively working in oil paints. She has enjoyed a long artistic journey. For twenty years, the artist and her husband lived in Thailand where, in 2007, she opened a small progressive international school in Phuket. While there, she was able to incorporate her skills as both a healer and artist. As she explains, “Healing and art go hand in hand. It is therapy for myself as well as for those who encounter my paintings.”
In 2018, Ms. Reilly, her husband and their Thai dog returned to Rhode Island, to help care for family. Seeking to deepen her understanding of the oil painting process and hone her skill controlling the medium, the artist enrolled in RISD’s Painting Certification program from 2019-2022. While participating in this program, the pandemic hit and she was, once again, reminded of the healing nature of art as she navigated through the isolation and uncertainty.
The primary focus in her art’s formation is composition, developing a solid design foundation to anchor her paintings in this world. From that point, color and subject speak as characteristics in her paintings, as Christine creates atmospheric boundaries by employing intense or muted color shifts.
Light in her paintings becomes part of her narrative reflections on life. To further fuel some of her ideas, Christine constructs collages from former drawings, calligraphy studies and color study sketches. She reconfigures and embellishes these past creations to develop new interrelationships. By reconstructing these collages with oil paints, she reevaluates content, redefines connection and rediscovers concepts.
Painting allows Christine to meditate on the wonder of light and color that she sees all around her. From her point of view, she yearns to breathe light into color and emotion into composition.