Contemporary Artist, Christine Bell is highly collected, professional fine artist, who is known for her textured, minimalistic, abstract paintings as well as her modern impressionistic seascape paintings, landscapes and florals. Where many artists are trained in one genre or subject, Christine reveals that her mind needs to paint what she is drawn to in any certain moment, be it textures of a stone, the roll of ocean waves, or the sunlight playing off the trees and grasses, she feels she cannot limit herself and is constantly exploring new subjects, media, and techniques. A woman who is a self-proclaimed "geek", throughout life Christine has always been passionate about art, history, books and nature. These passions have instilled in her an appreciation for beauty in the world and has embedded in her a love of continuous learning and growth in mind and spirit. Christine holds a Master's Degree and enjoys continuing her knowledge by taking further University courses in History and Art History. Christine, therefore sees her life as a painter as a journey - one where she is constantly developing, improving and evolving her mind, but also her painting techniques and skills. This humble state of constant learning enables her to remain true and authentic, and to be free to explore or paint a variety of subject matters, instead of limiting herself to a single genre. She feels a deep calling to follow her heart when beginning a new painting, and to create based on what she has found to inspire her in the moment. Each new, blank canvas is seen as a way to allow herself to become immersed in her paints and apply the layers in ways to present on canvas what is in her mind and soul. Her hope is that the subjective viewer sees her Original Paintings and Giclee Prints as art that will stir an emotion, elicit a past memory, or simply bring a genuine smile to their face.
Contemporary Artist, Christine Bell (formerly known as Christine Krainock), is passionate about traveling, and her trips to Italy, France, and UK / England (where she feels she could retire), has great influence on her painting. "Being able to visit some of the most beautiful places, experience their culture and spend time in the most renowned Art Galleries in the world has been life changing. As a lover of history, to stand before Masterpieces painted through time by brilliant Masters: DiVinci, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, is always so humbling and is a dream come true. I could live in an Art Museum, as I can never pull myself away from taking in all the details of each magnificent painting, drawing or sculpture and learning its history."
Christine works from her artist studio in beautiful Temecula, California. Being fortunate to reside centrally near both the ocean and the mountains, for maximum inspiration. Christine has specialized her expressionistic, abstract, palette knife painting style to create unique & striking textured mixed media acrylic paintings that reflect her love of nature & the beauty, movement, texture & light found within it.
Christine usually creates her original paintings by applying layers of paint with palette knives in her impasto style that in many pieces develop an almost 3-D effect, or in some instances abstract paintings that can be reminiscent of old weathered, textured, peeling paint. All while still maintaining amazing vividness of color and intuitive composition.
Christine's passion for painting new original pieces, which are not necessarily planned out, but instead develop as Christine freely applies layer upon layer of paint, allows her to create unique pieces of art that can be interpreted on a personal level by the viewer. She is often employed by top interior designers, and creates commissioned paintings to be displayed in their clients' homes or office spaces. Christine is best known for her impressionistic landscapes, her textured, coastal abstract paintings, contemporary florals, and her spiritual Angel Paintings. She receives consistent 5 STAR reviews and glowing testimonials from her clients.
Christine is passionate about art, history and travel! She loves the beauty of nature, the ocean, the details in surrounding landscapes, and the way light plays on the grasses and flowers ~ all of which inspire her in her art. She deeply appreciates her collectors and would like to personally THANK each and every one!