Christina Wert, Crochet, needlework, oil pastel, digital art
I met Julie through our neighborhood Facebook group! It sounded like a fun way to get to know other local artists and help kids get in touch with their artistic side! She, and a few of my other artistic friends, have encouraged me to get back into painting, which I haven't done in years.
To me, art isn't an elective, it's essential. It makes my brain work better, it makes me feel like myself. It's an extension of my spirit I can express visually, and it's as comforting as a favorite pair of old pants. I want everyone to know the joy, the catharsis, the treasure of what art can be to them, and let them be free to play. This crazy world can brush aside that need so quickly. The longer I try to nurture my artistic skills, the more I realize how important art is to me. I'm looking forward to sharing its wonderful expressiveness and freedom with others, especially those who might need a splash of color in their lives.
Yarn, needlepoint floss, oil pastels, paper, computer & mouse
I've loved making art since before I could talk. My parents bought me big, round crayons for my little hands and encouraged me to pursue my passion. I took art classes in and out of school throughout my childhood, and in high school I really discovered the wonders of digital photography and web design. I attended James Madison University in Virginia, and graduated with a Media Arts and Design degree in Interactive Media with a minor in Art.
In the years since my graduation in 2008, I've mostly worked for myself, doing freelance web and graphic design, learning new artsy hobbies and working on the old ones. After I got married and moved to Atlanta, I started re-exploring my love for oil pastels, and I learned how to crochet!
Making gifts for people is probably one of my favorite things to do, particularly in crochet! I'm also a fantasy writer, and at the heart of most of my art, I'm always trying to tell a story, or to express my love for the things I find most beautiful in life.
I'm inspired by nature and history, and other people's art! Other than enjoying the great outdoors, city gardens or museums, I'm always looking for interesting nature and historical documentaries, or artsy or classic movies/shows to get my creative juices flowing. I also like myths and fairy tales, and I love watching animation, puppetry and other visual art forms from around the world so I can hear all the stories I can.
I live in Decatur, GA with my wonderful, supportive husband and our adorable cats.