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Artist Christi Mathews


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  • FASO Artist Website: http://www.christimathews.com

  • Year Born: N/A

  • Price Range: $50.00 - $3,600.00
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Biography


Christi Kay Cranston was born, raised and named after Corpus Christi, TX and says she is thankful they didn't name her Corpus.  She graduated from High School in 1964 and Copeland's Scuba class in 1965, where she met her future husband , Angus Mathews.  In 1965 she moved to Seattle, WA and became a pool instructor for the Marker Buoy Dive Shop and switchboard operator at Boeing.  In 1967 she graduated from United Airlines Stewardess School  and was domiciled in New York, NY.  After marrying Angus  and having their son Kyle Andrew, she  graduated from  Art Instructions School in 1976.  Her art training actually began with her oil rig builder grandfather, as soon as she could hold a crayon, he wouldn't let her color outside of the lines in coloring books.  At ten years she took her first private oil classes and sold her first original at twelve.  After studying under six private artists and Art Instructions Schools Advertising and Illustration courses she became a freelance commercial artist in addition to doing fine art.  While in the Pacific Northwest her fine art reflected that maritime environment and she won first place in the Northwest Seafair Art Competition. She was also Vice- President of Gallery North, a very successful co-op of 50 artists that is still in operation.
 
In the 1981 the Mathews moved to Florida, where the wildlife and subtropical surroundings became the inspiration for her artwork. From the gentle manatee or the majestic panther to a wistful mermaid on the reef, her paintings flowed through the everglades to the moonlit bays of the Keys.  Weekends were spent in a big yellow canoe or 15.5' Cobia center console, diving, fishing and photographing for research for paintings.
 
In 1991 Angus changed his career  title from Sr. Telecommunications Analyst to "Mr. Christi", Christi's full time framer, giclee fine art printer and roadie.  For the first [...]

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