365 days of established, emerging and one of a kind artists
Friday, November 24, 2017
Day 295: Christine Debrosky
"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden." F. H. Burnett, The Secret Garden
Encouraged by her parents at a young age with oil painting lessons and a professional water color set while growing up in NY's Hudson Valley, Christine Debrosky always knew that she would be involved in art. Besides the access to world class museums and galleries for study and inspiration, living in the Northeast meant that she learned much about color. The blank canvas of snow over the winter landscape was a way to learn about the hues of light as it changes during the course of the day. In deep summer, surrounded by every shade of green imaginable, she learned how to work with this "difficult " hue.
In her early painting years, with limited means and a small child at home, and concerns about toxicity, she turned to watercolor as a primary medium, and the outdoors as her studio. The transparency meant that she could render the dazzling effects of sunlight, and started to enter juried national and gallery shows. Working en plein air , with nature as a motif was an invaluable learning experience.
It was by taking a workshop with Albert Handell that she was introduced to the rich jewel tones of pastel. Her work in this medium has garnered rainbows of ribbons in shows from coast to coast in the US, and in Italy, France, and Russia. Coming full circle, and today also working in oil, her career has steadily progressed, showing with such prestigious groups as Oil Painters of America, the Pastel Society of America, and the American Impressionist Society. She has earned signature status with AWA, the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, "Distinguished Pastellist", the American Impressionist Society, and has been named to Who's Who in American Art, and Who's Who of American Women.
Her work has been featured in several magazine articles,such as American Artist, the Pastel Journal, Plein Air Magazine, and Pratique des Artes, a French publication, as well as on a television and a movie set. Her work is published by Winn Devon, and is available world-wide. Wanting to share her accumulated experience, she has taught extensively in the US, as well as workshops in Tuscany, Venice, and Burgundy, France.
Currently she lives in North Arizona, with her husband Wayne, in a completely renovated home , complete with a custom designed dream studio. There, overlooking the red rock glow of Sedona, the abundance of sunlight , richly hued shadows, and nuanced greys of the high desert allows for continued learning and inspiration.