I live and paint in Abington, Pennsylvania. The views of what I see when I walk out the door has always been what drives me to create. I want to paint the day that the scene existed in and log it as a memory. My work is a compilation of journaled overlooked moments in our environment and everyday life. I call my paintings “journal entries;” their titles are the month, day, and time of when the scene is remembered.
I look for the quiet moments in life that are underappreciated such as a shadow casting on the ground or a formation of stones. I strive to enhance the color, light, and space of the scene with an inventive aspect added to my environments. My work addresses a variety of compositions from the more traditional to the more abstract way of thinking. I zero in on atypical simple moments like the slight off-color of the sky or the formulation of branches and how the sky peeks through in such an intricate way.
It is more about the paint rather than just painstakingly copying every leaf or blade of grass. We have technology to take perfectly depicted photographs but I strive to create a version of that image to express a feeling of its energy, which is my way of appreciating nature.
Christina Leone is a Montgomery County based painter who grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia in Abington, PA. In the beginning of her college years, she studied at Montgomery County Community College for the first two years and then transferred to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she is working for her BFA in painting. She has exhibited in group shows at both schools as a start to her career as a fine artist.
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