Featured Artist Christine Clark

Australian artist Christine Clark’s heartwarming pastels capture everyday moments. Visit her website to view more of her award-winning portfolio.

 

pastel of a little boy on a tricycle by Christine Clark

“Just Learning” pastel, 60cm x 70cm

 

Born in Melbourne, Australia, I have grown up with a passion for drawing and painting. I remember as a child, drawing figures and animals for hours and loving every minute. This passion for creating art may have come from my grandfather, who died before I was born, but who was apparently a talented artist who loved painting in pastel.

 

pastel of children playing by a pond by Christine Clark

“Playtime at the Pond” pastel, 99cm x 80cm

 

My inspiration is to capture precious moments in everyday life—moments that tell a story. I love painting children or adult figures in everyday poses. I find the subtlety of the human form challenging but very rewarding.

 

pastel of two children on a tricycle by Christine Clark

“Back Seat Driver” pastel, 60cm x 70cm

 

After I got married and had a child, my supportive husband suggested I consider taking evening art classes to give me an opportunity to get out of the house. I began by taking lessons once a week with a very lovely tutor in oil painting. Along the way I took up watercolour painting as well. This gave me confidence to enter art competitions and art shows where I started to sell my work.

 

pastel of a little boy feeding birds by Christine Clark

“Feeding the Birds” pastel, 70cm x 80cm

 

I was also encouraged by family and friends to teach painting in oil and watercolour. At this time, I have won over forty awards and have been exhibiting, teaching and selling my work professionally for over thirty-five years. I exhibit my work at Art Nuvo in Buderim and also at Gallery Beneath in Mooloolaba.

 

pastel of the beach at Mooloolaba, Austrailia by Christine Clark

“Sunshine Mooloolaba” pastel, 140cm x 80cm

 

In January 1993, my husband and now three children, in tow, moved from Melbourne to Buderim on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland. We have lived here for the past twenty-seven years and love the warmer weather and the lifestyle. The move and the strong light inspired me to work on a variety of subjects. These include figures, portraits, seascapes, flowers and animals.

 

pastel of men on a wagon by Christine Clark

“Secret Men’s Business” pastel, 78cm x 95cm

 

After we all settled in, I was given the opportunity to start teaching with the Sunshine Coast Art Group. I was there for eleven years teaching three classes a week. I love helping students develop their own individual style and guiding each one to reach their potential in a supportive, nurturing manner.

 

pastel of two men on a bench by Christine Clark

“Lonely Days” pastel, 99cm x 81cm

 

A couple of years after moving to the Sunshine Coast, I discovered, tried, and fell in love with the medium of pastel specifically, I love the soft luscious strokes, texture and vibrant colours of pastel. In 2007, I was awarded a Master Pastellist of Australia status from the Pastel Society of Australia. Since then I have won the prestigious Pastellist of the Year Award and appeared in Australian Artist Magazine.

 

pastel of Kings Beach in Caloundra, Australia by Christine Clark

“Kings Beach, Caloundra” pastel, 140cm x 100cm

 

In January 2015, I appeared on the television show Colour in Your Life, gaining more exposure in Australia and across the globe. In September, 2018 I was the Feature Artist at the Inaugural Australian Pastel Expo. My painting of “Sunshine–Kings Beach, Caloundra” was featured in the foyer of the Events Centre in Caloundra. I also was awarded the prestige of having my art on the front cover of the Expo Magazine, which is sent all over the world to pastel societies.

I enjoy the privilege of being an artist, able to devote myself to what I love.

 

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