Christy is a native Delawarean who divides her year living in both Bluffton, SC and Lewes, DE.
Christy’s inspiration to become an artist was through the sights and sounds of her musical and artistic parents. Throughout her childhood, she watched her father paint landscapes and portraits. Her parents encouraged her to pursue her interest in art. In college, Christy studied oils, various drawing mediums, and printmaking.
Her work almost always begins outdoors where she pursues an endless variety of subjects, looking for interesting effects of light and form. She begins with photographs, sketches, studies of value and color, and many notes. “Finding the heart and soul of a place or subject is what I strive to reflect in my work.”
She has studied with and been inspired by nationally known watercolorists, and spent five years in the Brandywine Valley studio of her mentor, internationally known Sarah Yeoman, a signature member of the American Watercolor Society. She has also studied with American watercolorists Ken Hosmer, Julie Pollard, John Bayalis, and Susan Avis-Murphy.
Her formal training in the arts included studio art classes at Centenary College, the University of Texas, the New York School of Interior Design, and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. She has worked in many mediums including oils, acrylics, printmaking, and various drawing mediums.
Christy’s work has been exhibited at juried shows and galleries throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania. She is a Signature member of the Delaware Watercolor Society as well as a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society, and the Georgia Watercolor Society. In South Carolina, Christy shows her work at the Society of Bluffton Artists, the Art League of Hilton Head, and the Art Association of Beaufort.
Ongoing: Monthly member shows at the Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA), Bluffton, SC, and Art League of Hilton Head, SC.
Ongoing: Group show at Alexander's Restaurant, Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head Island, SC.
July 2018: St. Peter's 52nd Annual Fine Art Show, Lewes, DE. Juried.
July 2018: Rehoboth Art League Annual Member Show.
March 2018: 1st Place Watercolor for “Peony Patterns” at the Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA)'s Annual Judged Show in Bluffton, SC.
March 2018: Beaufort Art Association Annual Judged Show at Tabby Place in Beaufort, SC.
Spring 2018: Monthly member show at the Beaufort Art Association, Beaufort, SC.
August 2017: Christy received the "Faucett-Okie Award, Emerging Delaware Artist" for her watercolor painting “Flying High”, at the Rehoboth Art League's 73rd Annual Members' Fine Art Exhibition in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
April 2017: group show, “Springing Towards Summer”, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE.
March 2017: Featured Artist, Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA), Bluffton, SC – “Coastal Colors”.
Art League/Association Involvement
Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA), Bluffton, SC
Rehoboth Art League (RAL), Rehoboth, DEArt Guild of Milton, DE
Art League of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island, SC
Delaware Watercolor Society (DWS) - Signature Member
Georgia Watercolor Society
South Carolina Water Media Society
Southern Watercolor Society
American Watercolor Society
New York School of Interior Design, NY, NY, Certificate Program
University of Texas, Austin, TX, Interior Design Major
Centenary College, NJ, AA, Studio Art
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Certificate, Summer Program
2018 1st Place Watercolor award for “Peony Patterns” at the Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA)'s Annual Judged Show in Bluffton, SC.
2017 Faucett-Okie Award, Emerging Delaware Artist, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE.
2014 DWS Nassau Vineyards Juried Show, Second Place
2018 St Peter's Annual Fine Art Show, Lewes, DE
2018 Beaufort Art Association Annual Judged Show
2014 DE Watercolor Society (DWS) Nassau Vineyards Show, Lewes, DE
2014 DFVA Annual Spring Art Show, Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE
2014 DFVA Annual Outdoor Summer Art Show, Greenville, DE
2013 DFVA Annual Spring Art Show, Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE
2013 Oxford, PA Art Alliance Annual Fall Show, Oxford, PA
2012 DFVA Annual Spring Art Show, U of D Goodstay, Wilmington, DE
2019 Keiko Tanabe Watercolor Workshop
2018 Mort Solberg Water Media Workshop
2015 RAL Steve Rogers Acrylics Workshop
2014 DWS Susan Avis-Murphy. AWS, Watercolor Workshop
2013 Julie Gilbert Pollard Watermedia Workshop, Boone, NC
2009-2013 Sarah Yeoman Watercolor Workshops, Crow Hollow Studio, Yorklyn, DE
2012 RAL John Bayalis Watercolor Workshop
2010 RAL Ken Hosmer Watercolor Workshop