Cumberland Street
10 x 8 in.
Oil on panel
Available from Principle Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina

Cumberland Street was created by artist Christine Lashley while painting on location at Principle Gallery Charleston.

“During my week in Charleston the gallery encouraged me to paint whatever I liked. It was the first time I saw the town and I painted non-stop. The luminous skies, quaint streets and tropical foliage inspired me day and night. I was enthralled by the variety of edges, wherever I walked I could see a potential painting, especially in the historic French Quarter,” says Christine.

Cumberland Street is on exhibit at Principle Gallery as part of a series of new paintings (many created on-location) highlighting Christine’s love of both natural and artificial light in the landscape.

Using layers, colors and texture to look ‘real’ from afar, but dissolving into abstraction up close, Christine’s paintings are often a fusion of filtered reality and memory. She paints to match what she sees in her ‘mind’s eye’ and often 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, which she documents with multiple studies.

Christine’s paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent juried exhibitions include 27th Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Show where she won the Best Landscape Award, and the 2018 Olmsted Invitational where she won the Cezanne Award for Best Light in the Landscape and the Judges Choice Award at the Quick Draw. Christine participates regularly in invitational and juried outdoor painting competitions such as Plein Air Easton, Olmsted, Telluride and EnPlein Air Texas.

Involvement in art has been a lifetime experience for Christine. As a teenager in Paris, she studied at the Parsons Art Institute and the Sorbonne, continuing on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. She then worked for several years in the fashion industry in Europe, then as a muralist and graphic designer. She turned her interest back to creating fine art soon after her children were born. An art teacher for over 20 years, she teaches workshops worldwide. Her artwork has been published in many articles and one of her noted nocturnal city-scapes was the cover of PleinAir Magazine’s 2018 Oct/Nov issue. She is a signature member of OPA, the Salmagundi Club, and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters.

View more of Christine’s work on her website, and see a schedule of upcoming classes and workshops.