CHRISTINA WERT, DIGITAL ART, CROCHET, NEEDLEWORK, BEADS, OIL PASTELS
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 and doodling, 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, colored pencils, paint, beads & wire, collected odds and ends, tablet & stylus or 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. As I grew up, I was always writing stories, drawing, and creating through cross stitch, and anything crafty I could get my hands on. I took art classes in and out of school throughout my childhood, learned to draw cartoons, made jewelry, and refined my love for painting and crafting, 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/graphic design and social media management, learning new artsy hobbies and working on the old ones. After I got married and moved to Atlanta, I began re-exploring my love for oil pastels, and I learned how to crochet! My penchant for collecting small, interesting things makes it really easy to make mixed media pieces, and I'm always looking for fun new things to make and experiment with! I never want to lose my sense of wonder or desire to try new things.
Making gifts for people is probably one of my favorite things to do, particularly with crochet, cross stitch or jewelry! I'm also a fantasy writer, and at the heart of most of my art, I'm always trying to tell a story, capture a feeling, or to express my love for the things I find most beautiful, fun, or inspiring in life.
As for inspiration, I always find new ideas in nature and history, and other people's art and perspectives! Other than enjoying the great outdoors, books on tape, 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 love exploring new places and experiences nearby, or around the world. 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 gather all the stories I can.
I live in Decatur, GA with my wonderful, supportive husband and our adorable cats.