Featured Artist Christine Debrosky

Artist Christine Debrosky’s oil and pastel paintings capture the glorious effect of light in the landscape. See more of her work by visiting her website.


pastel landscape of desert mountains by Christine Debrosky

“White Tank Spring” soft pastel, 20” x 18”


This is my story of the inspiration behind my art and how I got here.


pastel landscape of apple trees by Christing Debrosky

“Late Summer Winesap” soft pastel, 20” x 16”


To sum up my painting very simply, I want to share and celebrate a sense of wonder through the many moods of natural light.


impressionistic oil landscape painting by Christine Debrosky

“Afternoon Stars” oil on gallery wrap linen, 24” x 24”


I am a landscape painter working in pastel and oil. For me, it is all about the light.


oil landscape of the desert by Christine Debrosky

“Deep Vermillion Shadows” oil on linen, 28” x 22”


I had a love of creating from a very early age. I was fortunate enough to have been encouraged to create with a set of tube watercolors and painting lessons. My parents also took me to galleries in Woodstock, New York and Manhattan, and to concerts and plays. These were unusual activities in our working-class environment.


pastel landscape of Georgia trees by Christine Debrosky

“Georgia Ochre” soft pastel, 20” x 16”


As I look back from the perspective of an experienced artist, it was truly the exposure to world class art and a submersion in just about everything that was going on in the art world in New York City that was my real education. I did take some college art classes, which were useless in my opinion, as painting in a realist manner was considered passé back in the early seventies. As a result I worked very hard, for a very long time, on my own to develop my artistic ability.


pastel of a path in the desert by Christine Debrosky

“A Path in the Dusty Rose Dirt” soft pastel, 20” x 16”


I was encouraged early in my career when Lowry Sims, then a curator of painting at the Metropolitan Museum of art, recognized my abilities. Shortly thereafter I took a workshop in pastel. It was an eye-opening experience. I secured gallery representation and entered into invitational and juried shows, where I won awards.


pastel landscape of the sun setting in through the woods by Christine Debrosky

“Scarlet Sundown” soft pastel, 20” x 24”


For those who pay attention to such things, I have achieved signature membership with the Pastel Society of America, American women Artists, Distinguished Pastellist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast, Distinguished Artist with the Arizona Pastel Association. The most meaningful to me is a signature distinction with the American Impressionist Society.


pastel autumn landscape by Christine Debrosky

“November Blush” soft pastel, 18” x 16”


I continue to learn, challenge myself and grow, as it truly is a never-ending quest. My connection to our natural surroundings is at the core of my work. Nature is my solace and joy.


winter landscape painting by Christine Debrosky

“Winter Wash Glow” oil on linen, 12” x 12”


I work both en plein air and in the studio. I believe very strongly that as a landscape painter it is necessary to work on location, directly observing the countless nuances and moods of nature. The studio work is just as important, as it is here where I can experiment, hone my technical skills and focus on making better paintings.


winter pastel landscape by Christine Debrosky

“Verde Winter Whispers” soft pastel, 24” x 20”


As time has gone by, my work is more about the quality of the light spilling across the surface rather than the specific locale. Whether the light is dappled, dazzling full brilliance, dim and mysterious, glorious and glowing—all its moods catch my eye. Sometimes, but not always, I think I have captured it, and that keeps me going.


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  1. Cate Dutler says

    Christine’s paintings truly are glorious.

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