Blue Nocturne
36 x 48 in.
Oil on panel
Available from Principle Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina

In Christine Lashley’s recent travels to Asia and US cities such as San Francisco, New York and Atlanta, she has observed many commonalities.

“City lights and street scenes have always been a favorite subject to paint, but I was particularly excited to see how similar the cities in Singapore and Japan were to US cities. The hustle, architecture and reflective street patterns are really universal,” says Christine.

Blue Nocturne is a new work 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. She has won several awards at Oil Painters of America Shows; recent honors include “Best Nocturne” at Olmsted Invitational and an invitation to be Faculty at the Plein Air Convention in 2020. Christine participates regularly in invitational and juried outdoor painting competitions such as 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 cityscapes 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.

Broadway Gallery in Virginia offers a solo exhibit of Christine’s work June 15 through July 15th.

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