Christine J Holton was born and grew up in Durham, NC. She has enjoyed traveling all over the continental US, however has kept her home in North Carolina, enjoying having her family close and feeling rooted in the place where she experienced early life to adulthood. She received her BA in Art Education in 2008 from North Carolina Central University with concentration in Painting and Drawing. She has an interest and foundation in Geology and Anthropology, which influences some of her work.
She has been a teaching artist for 10 years and has a studio in Durham, NC. Christine stays active teaching private lessons, group classes, art consulting and offsite art experiences such as parties and homeschool groups.
As a Durham native, she feels rooted and connected to her hometown and is always exploring new spots and spaces to be found in the town she knows well. She creates work that emphasizes natural subjects with bright color and texture, creating tributes and portraits of recognizable, common subjects. Her influences are the anatomy of the human body, animals, the stratigraphy of the earth, and plants, trees and flowers. She explores themes of interconnectedness between the human body and the earth, sometimes combining imagery of bones and organs with botanical subjects and places in nature.
"My paintings and drawings explore the symbology, purpose, and functions of living things. They are portraits meant to celebrate and venerate living systems for their beauty, unique traits, characteristics, ancient designs, and meaning. I am interested in branch-like forms, patterns, and symmetry found in the human anatomy, symbols of nature such as the tree, and animals. I’m fascinated by and in awe of these living systems, their functions and their energies, my own human organs included.
I celebrate my subjects using bright colors to bring attention to them and to add fantasy. Lively, painterly brushstrokes exaggerate their movement and vitality, while up-close views, intentional compositions, and abstracted or fantasy-like environments help viewers to find enchantment and draw their attention to the beauty of the living object itself."
Jennifer G. Thompson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, grew up in the hospitable state of Mississippi, and acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art with emphasis in painting from Ole Miss. This artist and designer’s passion is found in the act of creating. In 2020, amidst the stress of the pandemic, Jennifer obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication from Texas A&M Commerce. Following graduation she was an artist in residence at The Printing Museum in Houston, Texas in 2021. She is now an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design & Printmaking at Cameron University. For the summer of 2022, you can find her residing at a historic home in Navasota, Texas, beginning a new body of work.
"Life experience is what shapes my journey as an artist and designer. My creative practice is done with a narrative context in mind. The telling of a story has been used for centuries to convey a message, concept, lesson, or idea. Our lives are all intertwined through the stories and woven fabric of life. A single thread, strand, or fiber is presented to unify elements in a work of art, whether tangible or intangible. Found objects, textures, words, and images build a sense of history, authenticity, and objectivity throughout each print, collage, or stitch.
Our visual culture has been placed before us through photos, billboards, magazines, colors, shapes, and symbols. Throughout most of the 20th century, depictions of food, clothing, customs, and every aspect of daily life were publicized in magazines providing a visual context of American culture. “Culture encompasses religion, food, what we wear, how we wear it, our language, marriage, music, what we believe is right or wrong, how we sit at the table, how we greet visitors, how we behave with loved ones, and a million other things,” said Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London. The arts have played an essential role in American culture and bridge the gap between differences to find common ground where words have failed. My artistic inspiration grows within this shared American culture by delving into my creative process and aiming at the possibility to communicate change."