The High Road; Oil on Linen; 24” x 20”
My “Farm To Table” series uses a painting process that is much like gardening – at first I am clawing and digging through the topsoil until I can feel the wind in my hair, smell the richness of the earth and really get the dirt under my nails. I then use my hands and various tools to smooth over and then trench through the paint to see what may grow and what needs to be weeded out. I often lean on my early childhood memories of life on the farm to inform my visual language while pushing the paint and I like to tell the story of a place from what is both living above and beneath the surface, what is visible and what is left to the wind creating a new reality that is both a bit restless and at peace…much like the various stages of our own lives and the transitional ecosystems we share.
About the Artist
Christine Sullivan is an American artist (b 1957 Syracuse, NY) who paints abstracted New England landscapes and seascapes. Her degree in physical geography with a minor in studio art from Plymouth State University supplied her with a unique appreciation for New England landforms and the human impact on the environment. This, together with her early career as a cartographer on Cape Cod (and later in Syracuse) became the foundation that now inspires and informs her work. Primarily considered a self-taught painter Christine privately studied abstract expressionist oil painting under John JJ Graham in Palm Coast, FL and has taken several workshops in Provincetown with Anne Packard and Cynthia Packard. She has been in several group exhibitions in New York and Florida, been given three solo shows and has received several awards and honors including a merit-based grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center residency program in 2016. Sullivan is represented by galleries in Provincetown, MA and St. Augustine, FL and her works are found in many private collections across the USA, Canada and Europe. This is her fourth STB. christinesullivan.com