Christine Graefe Drewyer
Crescendo, Oil on Linen, 24”x36”
My creativity was ignited by the environment that was my childhood playground. I grew up in rural Maryland and eventually studied at Maryland College of Art & Design. With a profound love of the land and all its creatures, it is understandable that my artistic voice expresses this passion. Whether I travel to the Canadian Rockies or the Australian Outback, the inspiration will always be manifested on canvas. I am most inspired by painting contemplative landscapes in oil which explore the many moods evoked by dramatic changing daylight on serene vistas. Inspired by the 19th century Romantics and Tonalists, my color saturated compositions emphasize the essence of the image, arousing imagination and memory.
Painting for me is a celebration of beauty and creation. The work is a spiritual discipline and the making of art a Sacred expression.
I was raised in a family of eight, the second child of six
Daughters. We grew up in the country, with lots of trees
And our own garden. We had a pet Black Angus cow
Named Girl, and a hound dog named Elvis. There were
Numerous other barnyard pets as well. We always seemed
To have plenty of time for and with each other.
In our fast-paced world and confusing times, our vision is
Easily clouded to the simple things that really matter: clean
air and water, the farms and open spaces of our world
And, of course, our precious families.
I find great joy in painting the powerful tranquility of the
Rural American landscape or the beautiful, peaceful beasts
Of our planet. Hopefully we will always reside in a world
Where we can enjoy these simple pleasures.
If I am a successful artist, the paintings I create will
Transport the viewer beyond the senses, free of thought
And self-consciousness. The paintings then become an
Instrument through which the viewer and the artist
Glimpse the joyful oneness of which we are all a part.
President of American Women Artists, Master- Signature Member; Past President & Master, Signature, Emeritus Member of Women Artists of the West- Advisor to the Board; Signature Member of National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society; Member of Washington Society of Landscape Painters – Publicity Chair; Member of The National Oil & Acrylics Painters Society; Member of American Impressionist Society
R.S. Hanna Gallery
Main St. Gallery
Rich Timmons Gallery
The Salmagundi Club
New York, New York 10003
The Seaside Gallery
Pismo Beach, CA
Winning the Purchase Award has such enormous significance for me, it’s every artist’s dream to be in a museum and my work, Lee’s Ferry Landing, will be at the Tucson Desert Art Museum for as long as I live. I’m so thankful to the American Women Artists for that opportunity.”
— Lili Ann Laurin
AWA Artists, AZ