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“A flower caught by light seems to live and breathe, infusing the air with its colour and the complexity of its shapes. I paint it as I would paint a person, with vigorous marks and energy, trying to convey the life force contained in its delicate forms.”

Biography

Ingrid Christensen

Ingrid is an award winning painter and instructor who specializes in figurative and still life oil painting. Influenced by French and Russian Impressionism, her work is an exploration of light, color and dynamic mark making.

A self-proclaimed "paint nerd", Ingrid has written and featured in Winsor & Newton Masterclass videos, contributed articles to Artsy Magazine, and taught sold-out workshops in Canada and Mexico. Recently, she's taken her workshops online, teaching for The Winslow Art Center on Bainbridge Island, WA.

Ingrid lives in Calgary, Canada and has made her peace with snow, knowing that it gives her time to dream about the next year's garden.

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Artist's Statement

I'm obsessed with light and its ability to elevate even the most mundane object into a glowing subject, worthy of paint. A flower caught by light seems to live and breathe, infusing the air with its colour and the complexity of its shapes. I paint it as I would paint a person, with vigorous marks and energy, trying to convey the life force contained in its delicate forms.

While I paint from both life and photos, my work is actually from memory. In the time it takes to make a painting, a flower will fade and a photo will lose the capacity to evoke the moment that it was taken. At the easel, I strive to hold the power of those original moments in my mind, knowing all the while that there's so much I've forgotten. I'm recalling an impression, stripped of specifics and detail. This suits me. The strength of the subject lies in that impression and if I can recreate it, my painting is complete.

Exhibitions

May 21, 2021

Where Flowers Bloom, So Does Hope

"Where Flowers Bloom, So Does Hope" opens June 2, 2021 with a subject matter of all florals by internationally renowned artists.

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