Christine Peloquin is a 2-D mixed media artist who has been selling her artwork for 30 years. She is currently showing her work at Arts on Douglas Gallery in New Smyrna Beach, Bennett Galleries in Knoxville, TN, and Studio E Gallery in Palm Beach Gardens. She has also shown in numerous galleries around the country including Atelier Galleries in Asheville, NC and Charleston, SC, Matre Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Longstreth-Goldberg Gallery in Naples, Hanson Gallery, Knoxville, TN, Loretta Goodwin Gallery, Birmingham, AL, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO, Orlando Museum of Art Gift Shop and Kristal Gallery, Sugarbush, VT to name a few.
Christine has been teaching her mixed media techniques since 2009 and offers workshops at her studio at McRae Art Studios and across the US. You can see a complete resume here and a list of workshop venues here. She has won many awards including the recent Florida Watercolor Society Online Show and did a demo of her work at their convention in 2016. She was recently on the cover of Somerset Studios Magazine.
The majority of her artwork is drawing and painting on fabric and paper collage. “Patterns and intense colors bring me happiness and joy like catchy tunes make a musician tap their toes. I have been working with fabrics since sewing classes as a little girl making my first quilt at the age of 5. I have painted over all types of textiles including burlap, quilting fabrics, upcycled tablecloths and curtains, polyesters, wool, velvet, you name it. Textiles are in my blood. On both sides of my family, I have ancestors who moved from Canada to Rhode Island to work in the mills of the textile industry at the turn of the 20th century. I come from a long line of makers and fiber artists who made everything from braided wool rugs out of old coats to beautiful clothes from remnants. Putting fabric into my art work seemed not only exciting and new but natural.”
The subjects range from faces and figures of women and children to landscapes, nature scenes and abstracts. All the pieces begin with fabric and paper collage arranged, sewn and adhered to wood panels. The collages consist of any of the following; antique cloths, contemporary fabrics, antique dictionary pages, old children’s school books, atlases, architectural plans, wallpaper, tablecloths, napkins, lace, buttons, flowers, leaves and any variety of papers and 2D found objects. Over the collages, the drawings are done in charcoal and the work is painted with acrylics and mediums.
“The joy in this process of collaging, drawing and painting is the instinctual choices of rendering and harmonizing what I will cover up and what I will leave to be revealed.”
"I believe that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, and that underneath each personality is a collective story and life energy- the soul. I try to mimic these layers of personality, story, energy and spirit with layers of drawing, painting and collage. My faces and figures are not about portraiture in the sense of capturing a likeness. They are about capturing an essence."
“My intention is to weave an autobiographical tapestry invoking and addressing universal issues such as philosophy, spirituality, sexuality, motherhood and self-awareness. Most of the titles come from appropriate words found in the collage. I believe that art and life are always about becoming more conscious, more aware, and more of yourself. For me, this includes life as an artist, a woman and a mother.”
“I have been proud to call myself an artist since the age of three. I am so grateful for all the people who have collected my work through the years. I am continually amazed and thrilled when I think about my work hanging in so many homes. They are testaments to the power of art that the creative life that brings me so much joy continues to ripple through the world making people feel happy.”
Christine lives and works in Eustis, FL.
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