BIO & Inspiration
As a child Christine was artistically inclined, learning how to draw before she learned how to read. Her artistic father gave her lessons starting at 5 years old after noticing she did not draw like other children, but rather with the focus and concentration of a trained artist drawing from life.
After receiving an undergraduate degree in Art from the State College of New Jersey, she went on to get a computer programming degree, and then a master’s degree from NYU in business and philosophy. During her subsequent career years, she worked in New York City as a computer graphic artist, programmer and financial consultant.
Hoping her academic studies and New York City lifestyle and career would create a life of happiness, she was surprised to find a very different calling in 1996, at the age of 35. Following her heart, she “walked out of her life” and for the next 19 years lived as a monastic, training under a variety of Hindu and Advaita masters, Buddhist monks, and Christian mystics.
As a spiritual aspirant Christine’s path was far from peaceful. In 1999 she entered a dark night of the soul cycle that was to last 12 years. During this time she stayed in service and spiritual practice under the careful guidance of her teachers, as she was lead through the healing work necessary to overcome the suffering of her karmic debt, and her ingrained ego.
In 2010, she emerged from this cycle with a new lease on life, and spent the next 5 years integrating her new perspective and experience of life as an opportunity to live in love and with compassion for all beings. In 2016 she moved to a monastery in Crestone, Colorado. For the next two years she stayed in retreat. It was during this time she began drawing and painting again.
Reflecting on her life, Christine has said, “For much of my life although it appeared I had achieved success, I didn’t feel inwardly fulfilled or that my life had purpose. This led to my monastic journey, meditation, service and eventually exploring the depths of my own heart. At the end of my 19 years as a monastic it was as if nothing had happened and everything had happened. I appeared the same but the lens through which I viewed the world was completely different. My heart was open and filled with compassion. My paintings are how I now try to capture the beauty I experience in all of life.”