Featured Artwork: Christine Graefe Drewyer

Golden Glimmer
14 x 18 in.
Oil on Belgian, Oil primed Linen
Available through RS Hanna Gallery
244 West Main St.
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Golden Glimmer” is one of those paintings that flew off my paintbrushes, trust me they don’t all work out that way, says Christine. The actual location for the painting is in upstate New York that the artist discovered in a plein air excursion. I often like to meander off on my own to refuel and discover hidden gems that take my breath away.

Christine says, “painting is a spiritual experience and the making of art a sacred expression.” Imagine how perfect it was to discover a partnership with Masterworks Frames designer and master frame maker, Michael Graham, when she found his iconic gold-leafed hand carved frames. These frames seemed to echo her belief of that very concept of art as a sacred presentation, so it seemed a partnership made in, well Heaven…

All my paintings are actual places, but I do often expand on what I saw on location and infuse my memory and feelings of the place into the finished work done in the studio. I think it’s important to see a place to establish proper values but never underestimate the importance of mystery as the painting unfolds.

This year has shown me some extraordinary skies. I even have a bumper sticker on my tired ol’ Jeep that says, “I Brake for Interesting Cloud Formations.” Go ahead and chuckle, but I do. Never follow too closely behind a vehicle with license plate tags that say Live 4Art and a bunch of art stickers! So, it goes without saying, I had plenty of reference materials to create a magical sky for this painting.

My primary focus is the landscape because it is one of the common denominators that we all share and that everyone can celebrate. I tend not to do pieces that are to too region specific so that the painting then can become a bridge that unites rather than divides us as humans sharing one Planet! This location had many of the qualities that helped to define it as having “Universal Appeal.”

Golden Glimmer” is available at the RS Hanna Gallery for the “A Tradition of Excellence: American Women Artists at RS Hanna Gallery” exhibition featuring about 100 of American Women Artists; Lifetime, Master and Signature Members. The artist will be in attendance during the 1st of two receptions on November 1, 2019. She will also have approximately 6 new works available through the gallery.

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 Plein Air Today. Her upcoming blog will be called “To Re-do or not to Re-do, that is the Question.”

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.

Women Artists of the West 49th Annual Invitational Exhibition, Mountain Aire September 12 – October 12 2019 – Mary Williams Fine Art Gallery, Boulder, CO.

A Tradition of Excellence: American Women Artists at RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX October 21- December 6, 2019.

29th Juried, Best of America Exhibition; National Oil & Acrylics Painters Society at Montgomery Lee Fine Art Gallery September 27 – October 27, 2019.

Women Artists of the West 50th Annual National Invitational at Settlers West Gallery March 25 – April 17, 2020 in Tucson, AZ.

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.

Gallery representation:
RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX 830-307-3071
Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, VA 540-341-7367