"Silver Light" by Christine Lashley

“Silver Light”

18 x 24 in

oil on linen

$2300 (available from the artist)


Silver Light’ was created from memories of beaches I’ve been to. I wanted the waves and the shore to feel inviting, wet and in motion. Countless studies of waves created on location contributed to this painting, including: Assateaugue Island National Seashore, MD; Tulum, Mexico; and Elbow Cay, the Bahamas. The soft light and clearing sky make me feel that a new time is beginning or a sudden transition is happening… as if the sun will break out at any second. I like the feeling of timelessness in that it could be dawn or dusk. Waves are tricky to paint: each wave must be believable as a typical wave, yet have unique character, as no two waves are ever the same.

Christine Lashley’s artwork captures the beauty of a moment held in memory. Using layers, colors and texture to look ‘real’ from afar but dissolving into abstraction up close, her paintings are often a fusion of reality and the abstract. She scrapes and repaints a painting to match what she sees in her ‘mind’s eye’ and puts all references away. Christine frequently creates artwork on location ‘en plein air’ and uses these works to inform her larger studio pieces. Her on-site painting allows her to see engaging color harmonies and watch how a subject changes over time, sometimes with multiple studies. As an outdoor enthusiast (gardening, camping and hiking), knowledge of the earth finds its way into her artwork with implied detail and bold brushstrokes. 

Christine’s paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent juried exhibitions include Oil Painters of America (OPA) and the Salmagundi Club NYC. Her artwork has received many honors, including Best of Show for both landscape and portrait work. Recent awards are: OPA’s 2017 Eastern Regional (Artistic Excellence Award) and Portrait Society of America (Finalist, non-commissioned portrait, 2017 Member’s Show). Christine is a frequent participant in juried outdoor painting competitions such as: Plein Air Easton, Easels in Frederick, Telluride and Richmond. During the 2016 and 2017 season of plein air competitions she won honors at all events attended, including: 2017 Quick Draw First Place at both Richmond Plein Air and Bucks County Plein Air. 

Christine Lashley studied as a teen in Paris at the Parsons Art Institute and the Sorbonne, continuing on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. She worked for several years in the fashion industry in Europe, then as a muralist and graphic designer, but turned her interest back to creating fine art soon after her children were born. An art teacher for over 20 years, she teaches workshops locally and internationally. With numerous works in private and corporate collections, her work has also been published in: American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, Elan Magazine, and The Washington Post.

See more of Christine’s art at lashleyart.com, where you may also sign up to receive her enewsletters. View her upcoming classes and workshops here: Classes and Workshops

Upcoming events:

– Lighthouse Plein Air show, FL Mar 3-12

– Paris Workshop, May 16-21
– Tuscany Plein Air Art Workshop, Aug 16-23


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