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BA Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, TX (Fine Art)
Dallas native, Christina, is an accomplished and award-winning artist specializing in impressionistic drawings and abstract oil paintings. Her life-long zeal for the arts transitioned from passion to career, leading her to pursue an education in art at Dallas Baptist University. After graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, Christina began actively showing her works in galleries throughout the DFW area and across the state, competing in art shows and completing commissioned pieces for her growing base of followers and supporters.
Christina’s art is remarkably inspired and contemplative, spanning many different artistic mediums. She often uses the synergistic relationship between music, color and light as a muse to gain insight into her works. Whether she is creating a portrait, painting in still life, or transforming a canvas with abstract expressionism, her impeccable attention to detail and vibrant use of color breathes life into every stroke and sketch.
Christina is affiliated with a number of local arts organizations and maintains memberships across DFW. It is Christina's hope that her works will emit joy, stir inspiration and spread enthusiasm for the arts in all who view them. Her works can be viewed in galleries throughout Texas, and she is currently available for commissioned work.
"It is my hope that I can share my zeal for the arts with others. That they may find joy when doing a new work of art and take pride in the finished product. Tutoring is a way of giving my knowledge and skill to others, that they can learn and grow and find out a little about themselves along the way."
- Christina M. Dallas native, Christina, is an accomplished and award-winning artist specializing in impressionistic drawings and abstract oil paintings. Her life-long zeal for the arts transitioned from passion to career, leading her to pursue an education in art at Dallas Baptist University. After graduating
For a single student, rate is $40/hour up to 4 hours. For a group of 2-4 students, rate is $30/hour per student up to 4 hours. *Special circumstances apply.
I have had two lessons so far with Christina and I'm looking forward to the next one! She took the time to understand what I like in art, what level of knowledge or experience I had with painting, and what I felt my roadblocks were. She went through different mediums and how they were used, brushes and techniques, and many other basics to get me started. On our second session, she suggested we start with one of the paintings I had shown her and use some of those techniques. In the interim, we discovered something new and different that I'll use again! I hate to rave too much or she'll be too busy to tutor me!! I'm very pleased and excited for what she can show me in the future.
Our 14- year old daughter completed her sixth drawing lesson with Christina today: she plans to continue such weekly lessons through the upcoming school year. As an artist herself, Christina has proven to be a great teacher providing valuable insight and practical experience in different drawing techniques. Christina made sure to understand our daughter’s background and goals at day one, and designed lessons to meet such objectives. Our daughter feels she is learning quickly under Christina’s helpful guidance and she appreciates her teacher’s constructive feedback. We find that the hands-on, kind and fun approach taken by Christina during every lesson is very motivating for the student. We have clearly noticed the technical progress realized by our daughter within such a short period. We are looking forward to many future lessons.
Christina is great -- very talented Artist and Tutor. Our daughter still cherishes her tutorials. We hope her schedules allows her to return to tutoring at our house.
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My methods are to start where the student is currently. To begin with line, shape and then form. All basic elements of art are taught. Painting is usually taught after drawing, to form a solid foundation. Hands on application for everything is utilized and explored.
The primary media I use for drawing works include Conté crayon, charcoal, pastel, graphite, colored pencil, and pen and ink. My style is versatile, having completed and sold works in the following styles: realism, illustrative, abstract, and non-representational. Special drawing techniques that I am skilled at using include line, hatching, cross-hatching, smudging, stippling, rubbing, scumbling, blending, lifting, pointillism, among others.
My approach to the art of drawing is rooted in the understanding that drawing is the basis for all other art forms. By learning line, shape, value, texture, color and space, one can achieve simple to complex drawings with practice. If a student can understand drawing, then painting, sculpting, graphic design, etc. can all be achieved at a greater quality.
The primary media I use for painting works include oil, acrylic, and mixed media. I utilize various pallet knives and wet and dry brush. My style is versatile including: illustrative, landscape, still life, abstract, and non-representational contemporary art. Special painting techniques that I am skilled at using include: glazing, poured paint, layering, blending, texture techniques, etc.
My approach to the art of painting is to embrace a person’s self-expressionism while maintaining a balance of all the elements of art. Creativity should not be stifled by art “rules,” but there are recommended guidelines to be followed for a more productive, pleasing and marketable art work if so desired. By learning painting, the concepts of composition, design, space, light, value, and color theory are achieved.
There are many facets of painting. Though it may take years to develop, it can be a great building block to one’s future. It is my hope that students can develop over time their skill and hone in on a personal style of their own.