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Artist Christine Wichers


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Biography


My journey to create art started early in life as I experienced the beauty of nature all around me.  My grandmother loved to beach comb in the Carmel area.  She took me a with her and showed me how to create collages with shells, driftwood and seaweed at an early age.  She also included me in her ceramics classes when I was quite young.  Later, art classes at the University of Las Vegas grounded me with the basics of drawing, painting and throwing pots on a wheel.  Learning to fly fish, I discovered art of another kind that led to the "Zen" of gurgling streams, glistening trout, and glowing mountain sunsets.   
 
As an adjunct to these experiences, I began a life long love of photography. Photography is the wellspring of my creativity and the camera lens is an extension of my curiosity and fascination about the world around me. I see with a child's inquisitive eye.  While others are focusing on the bigger picture, I look for the small, the interesting and the unusual.
 
Raising two sons gave me ample opportunity to express my creativity in all sorts of ways including sewing fantastical costumes for Halloween and school plays, doing art projects with cub scouts, cake decorating, upholstery, and creating artistic backdrops for various fundraising events.
 
After retiring 11 years ago, I launched myself into art in a big way taking oil painting lessons.  I find the process of creating a painting a viscerally pleasurable experience - the consistency of the paint as it mixes together and flows from the brush to the canvas is exciting and often surprising.  Seeing a painting come to life from a drawing or one of my own photographs is magical. 
 
Currently I am a member of the Northwest Oil Painters Guild here in Washington.  Prior to this I was a member of the Temecula Valley Art League and [...]

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