Aspen Dance
24 x 30 in.

A quote that I use often is “It’s all about the light”.

As a landscape painter, that is my primary concern, and muse. I am always inspired by the way that the sunlight dances across the subject, whether a dramatic red rock azure sky vista, the imposed geometry of an orchard or vineyard, or a simple overlooked, everyday, intimate corner transformed by the colors of the time of day.

Although I do paint mid- day, at sun rise, and enjoy the mystery of nocturnes, my favorite time is that just before sundown…the mere moments before, actually. That is when a pervasive rosy warmth infuses the landscape with rich, amber tones.

This year, I will be a first time presenter at the PACE convention in Santa Fe. I am very excited to be sharing my take on a sunlit desert landscape. As a former upstate New Yorker, I am enthralled with the dazzle of the Southwestern sun, and have been focusing on not only the drama, but the richly varied nuances, which I will be recreating for attendees to the pastel stage.

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Encouraged at a young age with oil painting lessons and a set of professional watercolors while growing up in NY State’s Hudson Valley, Christine Debrosky always knew she would be involved in art. Early in her career, she worked and exhibited extensively in watercolor, painting en plein air in all seasons, learning about color, light, and pigments. This, combined with access to Manhattan’s world-class galleries and museums were an invaluable education.

She then took an eye-opening workshop in pastel, and worked almost exclusively in this medium, which earned her rainbows of ribbons and numerous exhibition opportunities, with such groups as the Pastel Society of America, American Women Artists,and Societe des Pastellistes de France. She has earned signature status with the American Impressionist Society, PSA, and was inducted in to the Master Circle with the International Association of Pastel Societies. Coming full circle, today she has added oil painting to her repertoire, and has exhibited with the prestigious Oil Painters of America.

Her work has been included in numerous national and international magazines such as American Artist, the Pastel Journal, Pratique des Artes, Southwest Art, and PleinAir magazine, as well as on the set of “Nights in Rodanthe” a Hollywood movie, and “ Hart in Dixie”, a popular television show. She has been listed in Who’s Who of American Art since 1995, is published world-wide by Winn Devon, and is in the collections of numerous universities, hospitals, and corporations, such as Standard & Poor’s, and Pfizer Chemical, to name two. In 2014, she was one of ten American artists invited to exhibit with Societe des Pastellistes de France, an organization which boasted Edgar Degas as one of the original members. She was further honored by the group to have one of her paintings selected for the invitations, posters, and billboards advertising the show.

Wanting to share her accumulated experience, she has taught for over 25 years, in numerous locations across America, as well as in Venice and Tuscany Italy, and Burgundy France. Travel to locales such as the Caribbean, Ireland , Brazil, and Alaska have inspired her work as well. She is always happy to return home, currently in North Arizona, where she lives with husband Wayne, replete with a custom dream studio. There, overlooking the red rock glow of Sedona, the abundant sunlight, jewel toned shadows and nuanced greys of the high desert inspire continued learning and sharing.

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