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ARTIST'S STATEMENT

 

I paint narrative still life using skulls and bones. This might sound a bit terrifying, but in truth, it's grounded by my love of science, anthropology and osteology. Bones contain a plethora of information about the life (and sometimes death) of the human or animal it belonged to. I began drawing skulls and bones for study and that transitioned over time into my way of understanding the world around me both personally and socially. Sometimes as an observer, sometimes as a participant.

 

In the very center of all my work, in using bones to tell stories, is that in life, death is the greatest motivator. It’s a small reminder to live without regret. Regardless of the theme of the painting, death is there to remind the viewer to live life.

Creating my paintings is a therapeutic process. Painted from life, I spend a significant amount of time carefully constructing the set up for each painting. I’m not an artist that just paints skulls, I have many years intently studying, understanding and considering them. In addition, I’ve spent years developing a unique bone palette that replicates natural, unbleached bone

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

b. Bryn Mawr PA, 1970

Christine is an emerging artist, living and working in York, PA. She began her career as a textbook illustrator, creating artwork for elementary, high school, college and medical textbooks. She is a self-taught artist working in the realist tradition who has studied with several gifted artists and instructors, such as Jon DeMartin, Carlo Russo and Lisa Gloria.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2017

RICHESON75 STILL LIFE & FLORAL 2017 | richeson75.com

 

2016

OPA EASTERN REGIONAL EXHIBITION | Eisele Gallery of Fine Art | Cincinnati, OH

TWITTER ART EXHIBIT / NYC | Trygve Lie Gallery | New York City, NY

 

2015

7th ANNUAL 6" SQUARED EXHIBITION | Randy Higbee Gallery | Costa Mesa, CA

 

2010

40th ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBIT | York Art Association | York PA

                     Award of Excellence received for 'bone'

 

2007

GROUP HOLIDAY SHOW | Keystone Art & Culture Center | Lancaster PA

JOINT SHOW | Keystone Art & Culture Center | Lancaster PA

EXPRESSIONS-Solo Show | HACC Gettysburg Campus | Gettysburg PA

 

2005

35th ANNUAL OPEN JURIED EXHIBIT | York Art Association | York PA

INVITATIONAL EXHIBIT | Open Stage of Harrisburg | Harrisburg PA

ONE OF A KIND-Group Exhibit | Zembo Mosque | Harrisburg, PA

GOOD THINGS-Joint Show | Thistles Fine Art Gallery | Lewe, DE

NEW WORKS-Three Person Show | Mangia Qui | Harrisburg PA

 

2004

PART OF THE FAMILY-Solo Show | Open Stage of Harrisburg | Harrisburg PA

THE FLORALS-Joint Show | Thistles Fine Art Gallery | Lewes DE

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS/MENTIONS

 

2017 • 'Pennsylvania Narrative Artist Creates Stunning Oil On Dibond Paintings' | 3A Composites

2016 • 'The Beauty of Skulls' | Scientific American, Symbiartic Blog

2011 • 'Artist Spotlight: Christine Mercer-Vernon' | Dynasty Brush Blog

2008 • 'One Smart Woman' | Smart Magazine

2004 • 'Hiding in Plain Sight' | Cover and Interior Art

2004 • 'Artist Cove: Featured Artist' | The York Dispatch

 

 

AWARDS & NODS

 

2017 BOLD BRUSHING PAINTING CONTEST FAV15%:

 • June / 'after death, life'

 • June / 'fleeting'

 

2017 APRIL • 2016-2017 SEDONA ART PRIZE FINALIST for 'do not be blinded by words'

2017 APRIL • RICHESON75 Still Life & Floral Exhibition - Finalist for 'after death, life'

2017 APRIL • RICHESON75 Still Life & Floral Exhibition - Meritorius Selection for 'all falls are not the end'

 

2017 MARCH • ArtMuseContest.com Merit Award - Emerging Artist Category for 'after death, life'

 

2016 JUNE • ArtMuseContest.com Finalist - Emerging Artist Category for 'skull study: elk cow'

 

2016 BOLD BRUSHING PAINTING CONTEST FAV15%:

 • June / 'after death, life'

 • April / 'skull study: elk cow'

  • April / 'pondering life: a conundrum'

 

2015 BOLD BRUSHING PAINTING CONTEST FAV15%:

  • August / 'crying shame'

  • September / 'the fragility of flowers'

  • October / 'lights down'

 

2010 • Award of Excellence for 'bone' | 40th ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBIT | York Art Association | York PA

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