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Christina Doelling is an American artist who was raised in Europe. She has always been enraptured with color and the power of a paintbrush, and from an early age, was influenced by many different painting styles, from the Old Masters to Abstract Expressionists. After majoring in art at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, it didn’t take her long to abandon the constraints of classical training and embrace the dynamics and freedom of abstract painting. Doelling started her professional career as an art director in advertising, working in Atlanta and San Francisco for more than a decade, and devoting her spare time to painting. This busy mother of a toddler now works full-time as an artist and mother, and continues to love the process associated with pure abstract work. In 2006, she was chosen as an “Emerging Artist” by Art & Antiques magazine, and featured in a profile in their June 2006 issue.
In her words: “On my canvases, certain constants usually exist. I apply a generous amount of paint and work in layers, letting luminosity, depth and texture compliment and contrast. Stylistically, areas of intense activity are juxtaposed with areas of calmness. And many of my compositions are anchored with geometric shapes and lines, which can create both balance and tension within a painting.
Since creating abstract art is such an organic process, there is no set formula or amount of time before a painting reveals itself. The fact that the process itself dictates the end result goes hand-in-hand with my belief that a painting not just be labeled original art, but literally be something that can never be exactly duplicated. I also believe that appreciating an abstraction is much more about feeling than analyzing. So I don’t offer philosophical rationales, since interpretation is primarily emotional and therefore subjective at its core. My goal as an artist is straightforward: to create what I love, and hope that people may love what I create.”