As part of our October event 'The Friday Toast' we chatted with gallery artist, Christina Clarke, about her painting ‘Fade Away to Quiet’.
Q: What will you be toasting this evening?
A: “Fall, family, and friends! Also, sharing this painting and some anecdotes with all of you!”
Q: What drives you to keep creating?
A: “I’m not sure I fully know. I’ve been painting as long as I can remember. I think there’s a part of me that is restless. Restless to be a better painter. To more accurately translate a feeling through paint and canvas. To recreate the infinite ways that light changes the mood or feeling of a landscape. Also, I just really like making art that people love and connect with.”
Q: How have your first few months at Adele Campbell been?
A: “It’s been such a pleasure. The team at Adele Campbell is energetic, creative, knowledgeable, and professional. They are an absolute delight to work with. Likewise, the response from collectors has been wonderful and my initial small collection sold very quickly. It’s a great fit as many of my subjects are drawn from the Sea-to-Sky region and I’m excited to share more over the coming months!”
Q: Part of your creative process that you love / or part that you struggle with?
A: “Essential to my process, and a part that I love dearly, is getting into the backcountry to find and document inspiration. I find being outside gives me so much more information. Things like time of day, season, temperature, humidity, etc. They all impart a feeling or story that I try to capture. The thing I struggle with is, of course, getting into the backcountry to find and document inspiration now that I have a rather sizeable and growing two year old.”
Q: One word to describe this piece?
Q: A brief story about this piece?
A: “A few years ago, I went on a late fall camping trip to Semaphore Lakes. With a forecast of heavy rain, sensible campers had stayed home and it was remarkably quiet. I remember being disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to photograph the surrounding mountains that were concealed by thick fog. Nevertheless, my camera is heavy so I had to make use of it. I recalibrated, photographing what was nearby including subalpine trees and tarns as the rest of the landscape faded away to white and grey.
I’ve come back to paint from these photos often. Revisiting them reminds me to find value and appreciation in the things that are right in front of me. I’m reminded of how quiet and peaceful it felt to stand there, motionless, letting the things I couldn’t see or know fade away.”
Q: Do you have another creative outlet?
A: “Painting is my number one with sketching and photography usually in service of the process. All the rest of my time is far more than accounted for with family, friends, running two businesses, and getting outside to play with bikes, skies, and tents.”