Christine Holton was born in 1977 and raised in Durham, NC. She has enjoyed traveling all over the continental US, however has kept her home here in the Bull City.
She received her BA in Art Education in 2008 from North Carolina Central University with concentration in Painting and Drawing. The years since have been spent painting, observing and documenting human interactions, teaching art lessons, working in the food and beverage industry, and fostering her love of gardening.
Christine has been interested in the cause and effect of relationships since she was a girl. She was an observer who would often mimic facial expressions or act as if on stage performing a drama. It was only natural that she decided to add mirror glass as a form of art media. In her words, “I have been excited about and interested in the use of mirror and glass as art material since high school. I was given a project in my AP Studio Art class one year, and the prompt was simply to include a human form. I immediately decided to incorporate mirror, but not as intact, whole mirrors. The final project was a human form created with wrapped wire, bursting from a shattered mirror glued to a giant wood board.” This high school project planted the seed that would only germinate and emerge into the light some 15 years later.
The fractured distortion of an image has become a representation of the way that she felt about herself during her formative years. It’s a literal self-image shattering experience: presenting a confident front while full of anxiety and insecurity. “Often I would design a peaceful, pastoral landscape, and then draw fracture lines and paint the composition as a broken and distorted scene.” Christine’s love of antique stores makes finding mirror to hand-cut or break a fun adventure, and each time she happens upon a cracked or shattered mirror she continues to be intrigued by the distortion in the reflection.
Today, the abstract body of her work is very intuitive and is constantly evolving. She will tell you that more often than not there is no concrete plan constructed for a piece, but the vision tends to reveal itself in the process.
The pet portraiture satisfies a love of detail in depicting dogs, cats, and other animals. This body of work is often highly textured and realistic.
Today, she has a studio in Durham, located at 718 Iredell St. above ARTpost, an art supply shop, teaching private lessons, classes, and offsite art experiences locally.