My business cards are adorned with the phrase “Creativity Takes Courage.” This quote by artist Henri Matisse is a quintessential reason why I create art. My paintings have a piece of my vulnerability and hints of my courageous style that show bright color, intense texture, and lively movement, all of which leads me to think of myself as an artists who travels outside the boundaries of conventional painting. I travel outside the boundaries of my paintings both figuratively and literally as many of my works are inspired by foreign people, intriguing conversations, and vast landscapes in my journeys outside of the United States. Many artists do not have the luxury or means to travel, I make travel a priority because travel is the subject of my art. I find courage to travel and courage to embrace my creativity to make paintings with color, texture, and movement which give them all vivacious life and tell their own story both through my travels in Alaska and abroad.
Christina Wilson describes herself as an “artist of color” and enjoys using texture and color to create vivid works through oil and acrylic paint. She is the Professor of Studio Arts at Alaska Pacific University and a Contemporary Landscape Artist in Anchorage, Alaska. She enjoys painting photographs she has taken throughout her world travels in Africa, Europe, Asia and Southeast Asia and North America. Christina has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Minnesota-Morris and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Alaska Pacific University, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor and utilizes Expressive Arts Therapy in her practice. Christina is a Minnesota Native who originally came to Alaska following the love of her life whom she met in the Peace Corps in West Africa. Alaska is now the place that Christina calls home. She enjoys exploring the world with her husband and one -year-old son, Jonah, through traveling, as well as other hobbies of running, photography, studying the inner-workings of the brain, playing board games, and baking.