Windsor, Ontario, Canada
I am a painter and a teacher of a 7/8th grade combined class at a private, Christian school.
Style: My work is semi-abstract, incorporating textures, symbols and object found in reality.
Medium: I work primarily with acrylics on canvas, or sometimes paper. Lately, it's been more mixed media.
Themes: My Christian faith, nature and the deep corners of my mind.
When did you first realize you were an artist?
When I was six years old and teachers, my parents and "other grown ups" would look at my drawings and paintings and not believe I actually did the work myself.
Can you explain your technique and process when creating art?
The idea is usually sketched with an open mind and realization that the end result will probably look very different than intended. I like to layer texture mediums, washes of paint, use everyday items to create more textures. The works usually get flipped, tilted and laid flat on the floor. Sometimes a piece is finished in a few hours, other times it takes weeks or months to complete.
Where do you find your ideas?
Usually, during church I will be struck by something I've heard and I have to sketch it on the bulletin before I lose the image that's popped into my head. I make notes about colour, object placement and process. I love colour, trees, fish and plants, so they frequently make appearances in my work.
Why do you create art?
I'd go crazier if I didn't.
How often do you create?
What is the best artwork you ever created?
I did a painting for my brother and his wife. It's about 5'x7' and hangs in their dining room. It's called Easter Morning and captures the moment just as the sun is beginning to rise, the tomb is opening and the happiness will begin. It's my favourite holiday, I had a blast painting it and means a lot to my family.
What role does the artist play in society?
The world would be one shade of grey.
Please describe yourself in three words.
spiritual, happy, complex
Please tell us something interesting in your life.
I recently found my biological family. I was adopted when I was a baby and had a great upbringing. I always questioned who I was and where I came from and why I was given away. Two years ago I found my older sister. Her name is Kristine, we share the same birthday, both are grade eight teachers, have one daughter, a black cat and love red wine. I also met my mother a year ago, along with two younger brothers. The questions I had have all been answered and I feel like since that happened, I cannot stop creating my art. I'm also no longer to show my work and had my first art show this past January.
Did you ever feel like giving up art?
At least once a week!
Where do you see yourself as an artist 10 years from now?
Retired, traveling and selling my art around the world.
Do you have any parting advice you can give to aspiring and emerging artists?
Never give up, seek positive feedback that is honest and know that other artists are out there to guide you.
Christine Keech - My Heart is Pounding because its Exposed
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Artist Website: christinekeech.artistwebsites.com