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 is an abstract, mixed media painter whose work focuses on movement, mood, and the use of color and metallic and reflective elements to convey light, energy, and story. It is through a deeply meditative practice, combined with music that Christine exercises her synesthesia and painting practice. 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 the 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 peace in each experience. It is with those guiding metrics that she sifts through sound, synesthesia, memories, pain, suffering, social pitfalls as she seeks to infuse light and guiding peace into these spaces. Christine views her works as tokens, or icons meant to serve as reminders to stop, breathe, seek peace, and create beauty.
"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 and create and beauty and peace in their lives." – Christine
Christine resides and paints in Northern Virginia.