Uniquely Textured Paintings Reflecting Ancient Iconic Imagery

Uniquely Textured Paintings Reflecting Ancient Iconic Imagery.

“Ancient carvings, weavings, cave drawings, petroglyphs, hieroglyphs,
scrolls, arabesques, and calligraphy—these are but a few of the many
sources that inspire me. I have been a beachcomber all my life, sifting
through the sands of time while marveling at the patterns, symbols, and
images that reflect the beauty and cultural gravity embedded in all ancient
civilizations.

Uniquely Textured Paintings Reflecting Ancient Iconic Imagery

23″ x 36″ x 2″
Acrylic & oil on archival board.Textured Paintings

To achieve the effect I desire in my paintings, I had to invent a special
process for building up a surface with innumerable layers of glazes; I mix
these glazes myself. It has taken me thousands of hours over the past ten
years to fully develop my unique method—one that is complex,
unforgiving, and temperature sensitive—a private puzzle with a million
ways to go wrong. I am constantly refining my technique in the quest for
unattainable perfection.

Uniquely Textured Paintings Reflecting Ancient Iconic Imagery

Reflecting ancient iconic imagery.Textured Paintings

I consider myself to be a symbolist painter in the decorative tradition of
Gustav Klimt. I have been described as an alchemist because I work with
metals, but I never reveal the secret techniques I use to produce my
magical effects. My mentor, a third-generation master British painter,
Gilbert Batty, taught me that if the viewer could recognize your process,
then you had failed.

Uniquely Textured Paintings Reflecting Ancient Iconic Imagery

The ancient symbols referenced in my work are embedded in our DNA, and
this is why we see them as evocative and beautiful. Since childhood I have
carried these fragments in distant memories; they have spiraled and
undulated in my mind, and now they ascend to the surface and manifest in
colors and textures. They have become my silent prayer to the
interconnectedness of all living things.”

Uniquely Textured Paintings Reflecting Ancient Iconic Imagery

Christina Skaggs Studio upslope Hilo , Hawai'i

Christina Skaggs grew up in New York with a deep appreciation for her alternate universes, the borough of Queens and the rural tip of Long Island — one offered a treasure of superb delicatessens and the other a treasure of old bones left buried in sand dunes.

Artistic success came early for Skaggs at The Dying Art, Woodstock, NY, where she dyed luxurious fabrics using an ancient process for clients such as Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, NYC.  Then, in the early 70s, while working as a camera operator at WABC-TV in NYC, the network offered her a job at the ABC-TV Center in Los Angeles. Skaggs made the cross-country move, becoming one of the first ever female network TV camera operators, and winning an Emmy nomination for her work. After returning from an extensive trip through Europe in the early 80s, she created ten large porcelain marionettes that were later exhibited at the Santa Monica Museum in a two-woman show, Brazen Ladies. Subsequently, she was offered a variety of art director positions, ranging from designing windows on Rodeo Drive to set designing for MTV. During this time, Skaggs had the good fortune to study privately with the late master painter, Gilbert Batty, whose father and grandfather were painters and guilders in the rich and lavish halls of London at the turn of the 20th century.

Uniquely Textured Paintings Reflecting Ancient Iconic Imagery.

http://www.christinaskaggspaintings.com/

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