Christine Olmstead is an abstract artist whose work has exploded since releasing her first collection in 2015. With collectors and corporations, including West Elm, Marriott Hotels, and tech companies in San Francisco seeking exclusive contracts and custom commissions, Christine currently sells originals and prints worldwide.
Christine has been painting and drawing several days a week since she was 18 months old. Her mother, an art historian, stressed the importance of art from a young age. Her journey has taken her from impressionism in childhood, to realism in middle school through college mastering various mediums and finally to abstraction in her adult life and professional career. Christine was drawn to a career as an abstract artist because of the global sense of unrest and decayed social awareness that pervades culture today. It is Christine’s goal to disrupt the self-sabotaging behaviors she finds so rampant in culture.
Inspired by the techniques of Helen Frankenthaler and Joan Mitchell, Christine has infused her own meaning and message into her work. It is through a deeply meditative practice, combined with music that Christine exercises her synesthesia. Her paintings are conceptual in nature focusing on healing, seeking peace, restoring painful memories and infusing light and beauty into her work.
Each of her works stem from personal experiences, memories, or social concepts. Christine often attaches these experiences to a song or piece of music. With her synesthesia, painting colors and movements in her mind, combined with the emotion of the chosen memory or experience, Christine paints the mood of these combined elements. Wrestling with each concept, Christine is determined to find beauty and peaceful resolution in each experience. It is with those guiding metrics that she sifts through sound, synesthesia, memories, pain, suffering, and social pitfalls. She seeks to infuse light and guiding peace into these spaces.
"When you look at my pieces I want you to feel at peace, calmed, and hopeful. I want my viewers to know that there is still beauty left in the world, and I hope to inspire others to find beauty in their ordinary lives." – Christine
Christine resides and paints in Northern Virginia.