CHRISTINA ILENE THOMAS
“Expansiveness, heart-centered generosity, spirituality, the inexpressible mystery of life, the paradoxical sense of joy and sadness. I hope the viewer will experience a range of emotions.
My paintings change moods, just as people do, as nature does. My intuitive, sensitive process takes time to fully express what the painting wishes to be, as I contemplate and listen to each piece. My landscapes are sometimes invitations to stillness and meditation. I create my titles in hopes that each piece will be further enhanced, the mood, the feeling of it."
In 2007, when a serious illness resulted in a period of reflection, Christina picked up a paint brush for the first time since childhood. Since then, she has studied with several instructors in San Diego, including the noted artists Pia Stern and American Master Hyacinthe Kuller Barron. Her spontaneous approach, experimenting with colors and textures to explore the effects allows each painting to unfold and evolve in its own way. Her contemplative, interior life is translated onto the canvas. In addition to gracing private and corporate collections across the country, her work has also been used on four separate occasions for the cover art of the American Journal of Critical Care. In addition, she's had work featured in two issues of Pacific Magazine, and in both additions of San Diego’s juried national publication "50 to Watch.” Christina's work was selected by the Chief Curator of Saatchi Art Gallery as a top pick of the week from among hundreds of thousands of art worldwide.
In January 2020, in partnership with 2 other women, I opened my own gallery in Rosarito, Baja, Mexico.
• 2015 Oceanside Museum of Art Artists Alliance
• 2015 San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild
• 2008 - 2011 San Diego Art Institute, Balboa Park