Christene Sandeson Art – Visual Artist
Christene Sandeson has been a visual artist for more than 30 years. During this time she has prepared and exhibited artworks as well as provided art programming in various educational setting.
Over the years I tried to open many doors but in the early 2000’s felt as though I was circling without direction. That did not stop me from my practice but I was becoming exhausted from my exhibiting efforts of the ’80’s and ’90’s and running out of ideas. I loved to work with a full blast of positive energy on themes of human struggle, the response to that work was limited and the delivery rotation brought the work right back to my studio. I felt as if it were going nowhere.
It was a surprise to find more acceptance for my skills in the field of Art Education than within the Fine Art practice. I accepted a full time teaching opportunity with the local school board very close to the time that my husband became very ill and passed away. Economics was another reason to leave the studio.
Now retired from Education, my work seems to be somewhat surreal and possibly psychological in nature, although I would like to think it is now more refined. Might an appreciative audience be found online? In building this website, I hope that my work will reach people who might find it interesting, and who are willing to take on its’ visual demands. I sincerely hope that by creating this website, I can engage with others on a similar journey. “
Location; Truro, Nova Scotia
I have experimented with many media, but have chosen acrylics to develop the qualities that I value in a work of art: luxuriant colour, interesting juxtapositions of subject matter, and a suggestion of deeper meaning.
Making art is a challenge. I work very slowly and try to develop my concepts as completely as possible. My palette stays limited until the piece is nearly resolved, and during that building process, the lost or unimportant areas become enhanced with glazes of colour until translucent (like rink markings under a shaved ice surface).
Over the years my art has reflected differing styles – from realism to imaginative forms. This apparent dichotomy reflects the stages of my growth as an artist. I believe it also reflects my struggle define my art in a way that is relevant.
Thank you for taking an interest in my art.
Brilliant leaves freeze under purple ice, nimble toads stumble over a twig carpet, a knot of limbs tangle up the January moon … images that suggest ideas are interesting to me. Through my childhood and adolescence I enjoyed drawing animals, people, landscapes and maps, and after my formal education (B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.), I continued to find satisfaction with pen, paint, and stone, and to experiment with the concepts these media suggested. While raising my family I worked with various artists on projects and exhibited this work in regional public galleries including Mount St. Vincent University, Atlantic School of Theology, the former Dartmouth Heritage Museum, and private galleries in Amherst, Wolfville, and Truro. This included being co-owner of “Signatures Gallery of Fine Art”, 47 Inglis Street, Truro, N.S., which was destroyed by fire in 1984. My history includes that of being an educator as well as being an artist. I have taught Art in various institutions in conjunction with keeping my studio: the Nova Scotia Teacher’s College, the Institute for Early Childhood Education, Correction Service Canada, and the Nova Scotia Public School System. I also implemented numerous art workshops and produced televised Art Education programming through Eastlink Cable TV. From 1999 – 2013 I focused exclusively on the profession of teaching of Art. I both developed and implemented Visual Art and Art History curricula for grades 9 – 12 at South Colchester Academy with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board, Visual Art 10 & 11 with the Provincial Virtual High School, and became a member of a selected group of art teachers who helped refine and pilot the N.S. Dept. of Education Visual Art Draft Documents for the Senior High. While this meant stepping away from the painting studio and interacting with the art community, it allowed me to broaden my knowledge in presenting art processes and art history, and to interact with a diverse range of people. I enjoyed all of this interaction, and retired in June 2013. In addition to reconnecting with my studio practise, I currently co-teach painting to a group of interested learners at the Douglas Street Recreational Centre in Truro and present Visual Art (History and design) courses with the Seniors College Association of Nova Scotia. Thank you for allowing me to share my work with you.
~ Christene Sandeson