Christie’s World is a depiction of a single mother in a big city. Although surrounded by the hard, fast paced society of New York, she never looses the quality of being a gracious woman. Even though life in the Big Apple can become disheartening at times, Christie remains alive with an inner peace that’s fueled by the possessions she holds most precious. At first glance, the setting in this painting may seem to be a normal subway ride. But as one looks closer, you’ll notice that everything in print is symbolic of
• The picture of Van Gogh’s sunflowers and the self-portrait that appears in both newspapers reveals her warm appreciation for the artist and his works. The bandaged ear of Vincent displays her deep understanding for all the internal suffering he experienced.
• The image of the Ballerina shows Christie’s profession as a successful dancer that is clearly seen in the beauty of her posture, legs, pulled back hair, and the placement of her classically trained hands.
• Despite being raised in the Bronx, Christie loves country life and dreams of one day owning a house next to a brook overlooking the mountains.
• The bottle of Champaign on the left hand side is indicative of her taste for the finer things in life; and yet, the emptiness of the object reveals her none dependence on such things to bring her happiness.
Aside from the love she has for Art, Dance, & Nature, her true source of strength and happiness lies within her Daughter and undying faith in God. She’s wholeheartedly devoted in serving both. As Michelangelo sculpted David’s hands larger than life because of the manly deed he accomplished over Goliath, Christie likewise fulfills the Goliath like task of caring for her daughter in a mans world with the aid of David’s God,
Regardless of what her surroundings may be, we’re drawn to her inner beauty and impartiality. Although the reality of this system is unavoidable, Christie neither lives in denial nor lays swoon. No… she simply chooses to see things that exists in:
Only the Artist knows the answer to that question.
I dedicate this website to my mother Josefina who loved and supported me unconditionally in my passion to paint.