Contemporary artist

​​​CHRISTIE NEALE

​​​I began working with resin in an attempt to help others let go during their creative process.  I had been volunteering at our local homeless veteran’s shelter teaching oil painting classes to veterans suffering with PTSD.  It was through my work there that I witnessed first-hand the healing power of art.  What resonated most from that experience was the vulnerability required during the creative process and how challenging it was for someone with PTSD to be open to the unknown.   As an exercise in surrender during my own creative process, I began working with resin due to its fluidity, volatile nature and inability to be controlled.  I replaced my brushes with a 1200 degree heat gun and blowtorch and began experimenting with chemical reactions that occur organically with paints and the Rayleigh-Taylor instability.

The goal of my current work is to show movement and how things are in constant transformation, just as in nature itself.  My intentions are set before each painting but there’s a point when the resin begins to cure and I must accept what the painting becomes.  Just as in life itself, the result is rarely what I had envisioned or set out for it to be.  That doesn’t mean it’s good or bad, just different than my expectation.  Even the pieces I label as epic failures have certain components that I find interesting and beautiful.  It requires closer inspection and a change of perspective but the beauty is there, often hidden in the details.  I would describe my paintings as visual weavings of energy, color and light inspired by nature, music and poetry.   My guiding principle has always been that nature is the best artist.  Through visual metaphor, many of life's questions can be discovered, explored and sometimes answered.  Ambiguity is also a feature of my recent work.  The viewer’s imagination completes the creative process and I love hearing different interpretations of my work.  I challenge myself to find the beauty in everything and believe we all should explore the things that slow us down enough to be touched by life directly.  My goal is to continue exploring, creating and inspiring others.


I only use high quality products to produce my work.  All my wood panels are custom built and are much more durable than what is available in art supply stores.  The resin used is ArtResin brand which is the latest & greatest on the market today -- VOC free and 100% UV resistant.  I do NOT use acrylic craft paint but commercial grade pigments and powders.


 

artist statement

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CREATE.  EXPAND.  INSPIRE.  GROW.