Once Upon A Pond
Oil on Belgian Linen
22 x 28 in.
Available Through Berkley Gallery
If the title Once Upon A Pond feels as if was taken right out of the pages of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, you would be correct in drawing the correlation that artist Christine Drewyer intended. According to her, nature is the most magical place still available to us and the ability to uncover hidden places that call her to paint them are a dream come true and a privilege.
The location for this painting, according to Christine, was discovered while wandering through the low areas of the Eastern Shore of Maryland last summer. “The air was humid, the frogs were singing, the dragon flies were flitting across the top of the water in this pond and the sun was just rising. Places like this never cease to amaze me with their serene beauty and stillness. Call me a bit of a loner and explorer of the natural world, solitary discovery gives me back to myself and at the same time connects me to the ALL THAT IS simultaneously.”
Christine was raised in the country, surrounded by woods and streams and lots of open fields and was accustomed to exploring and venturing out with her hound dog Elvis for hours at a time. The practice has never left her, the only difference seems to be that she now brings along a plein air rig and sketch books with the sole purpose of running across these special places, which still touch her. For her it is exceptionally valuable to preserve and capture those moments that for herself and so many others seem to be all too rare.
“We are so busy in our daily lives; we hardly have time to walk by a brook or dig in the dirt or take a sunset evening stroll. If my paintings remind the viewer of those precious moments of the natural world and to go out and enjoy it, then I have succeeded with my job,” claims Christine.
Once Upon A Pond is part of a three-person exhibition called Seasons in Time at Berkley Gallery opening June 1st. It is framed in a Masterworks Tabernacle museum frame and is a personal favorite of the artist. There will be twenty new works available at the exhibition.
Christine paints in plein air monthly with other members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters. “The experience only adds more fuel to the exploration component and bonding with both nature and fellow artists,” says Christine. She is Also a regular guest blogger for PleinAir Today. Her latest blog is about setting goals.
Most recently, Christine was juried into the very prestigious American Women Artists exhibition Looking West: Highlighting works by American Women Artists. The venue is Steamboat Springs Museum, and exhibition dates are May 24th-September 2nd.
Seasons in Time with artists Nancy Peach & Barbara Nuss at Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, VA June 1-30 2019. The exhibition will include twenty new oil paintings by Christine.
A Tradition of Excellence: American Women Artists at The RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX October 21- December 6, 2019.
Christine is a member of these fine art organizations:
Women Artists of the West – Master, Signature, Emeritus member / Board Member
American Women Artists – Signature member / Board Member
National Oil & Acrylics Painters Society – Signature member
Washington Society of Landscape Painters
View More of Christine’s paintings at christinedrewyer.com.