Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Christi has an unusual background ranging from Fortune 100 sales to inventing and designing dozens of popular branded consumer products.
For the past 10 years, Christi has been painting and sharing her fine artwork with only a handful of private collectors in order to focus on the growth of her graphic arts brands. Her artwork has been featured on a diverse collection of mass-market products including board games, greeting cards, beauty supplies, apparel, school supplies and eclectic items like beverage coolies and bowling balls. Her products are sold at Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Kohl’s, Dollar General and many more major retailers under a variety of brand names. Christi is also the head coder, writer and designer for the Cocktails & Curiosities app series as well as the Cheeky Chats Interactive Book App of Empowering Wisdom For Girls.
The success of Christi’s mass market products has provided her the resources she needs to dedicate more time to her true passion, fine art. While Christi enjoys designing for the masses, her fine art allows her to create unique pieces with much deeper meaning and connect one-on-one with viewers. Christi’s goal is to create fine art that is full of thought and symbolism but also stays true to her foundational mission of creating products with positive messages.
Christi received her BA from Virginia Wesleyan College and her MBA from Florida State University. Christi’s art studio and entrepreneurial HQ is on the Upper East Side of Manhattan where she lives with her husband, Ted, her palm tree, Spike, and her little money tree, Benjamin.
I create mixed-media works on canvas celebrating topics like gratitude and spirituality by day and I design mobile apps, school supplies and edgy greeting cards by night. My “day job” history has involved creating digital art for mass-market consumer products whose meaning must be understood in half a second. My fine art allows me to slow down, focus, and paradoxically explore more broadly issues of philosophy, spirituality and communication with unique symbolism that challenges the viewer and fosters conversation. I am also an enthusiastic New Yorker and my most recent series, featured in my first solo show, depicted iconic NYC locations and the indelible spirit of the space on which they stand.
My current series are: Gratitude, Pop Up Theology, Just My Type and the NYC break-out, Cocktails & Curiosities.
I tend to work in a vibrant mixed media style for multiple reasons. It is the ideal way to take advantage of my extensive skills in digital arts. I develop each of my studies electronically and determine my colors and composition there before putting brush to canvas. Inspired by artists like Lichtenstein, Wesselmann and Britto, I also utilize positive pop art elements because my work is meant to uplift, encourage and inspire. My goal is for you to leave each of the viewing experiences with a vibe of joy and even better, the idea to pay that joy forward.
b. 1971 St. Petersburg, FL
BA 1993 Virginia Wesleyan College
MBA 2000 Florida State University
Lives in New York, NY
2015 Holiday Show, Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY
2015 SOLO SHOW, New York C&C Series, ACBP Gallery Greenwich Village, NYC
2015 All Good Things, Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY
2014 Balls to the Wall, Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY
2014 Fountain Art Fair, New York, NY
2014 Beneath the Lacquer, Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY
2013 Scope Art Basel, Miami FL
2013 Urban Eroticism, Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY
2013 Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn NY