Next on my hit list is Christine Brallier of Santa Barbara, CA. Most of you have probably already seen her work and she is such a sweetheart that it’s so difficult to not be attracted to her anyway!!! She’s a very supportive and generous Flickr friend (aka cbmosaics) and I’m sure for those of you who make mosaics in the Flickr community, she has already left really wonderful comments on your work!
As a child Christine always knew what she wanted to do: Art. By the time she reached Santa Barbara City College in ’91 she had decided to be a children’s art and music therapist. She has since received an MA in psychology and delved into Reiki, massage therapy and also energy work. I’ve had energy work done on me before. It was quite fascinating actually and I’d definitely put my hand up as a guinea pig again!
Over the years, Christine continued to take art courses including water colour, figure drawing and landscape painting, as well as teaching herself cross-stitch and crochet. In 2005, she came across a DIY mosaic kit from Michael’s and has never looked back. Since then she has been teaching herself the art of mosaic – primarily through books and the internet.
In her own words:
“What I love about making mosaics is starting out with one piece of glass and watching it grow into a completed work of art. The process of choosing the colors and deciding how to cut the glass and how to lay it out, all of it fascinates me because there are infinite possibilities. All of my life I have loved every kind of puzzle, so mosaic art has been the perfect fit for me!”
Her first commission was making mosaics for her local Outback Steakhouse in Santa Barbara. I just loved that she waltzed in and told them the tables would look better with a mosaic on them!!! Well, OK words to that effect, lol. Needless to say she got the commission The other highlight in her mosaic career came when she finished work in a public park. She has found talent in making realistic mosaics too. Her pet portraits are just adorable and her first human portrait was of Portia de Rossi. Christine sent it into the Ellen Degeneres Show and has since received an email back from Degeneres’ mother saying thankyou! How sweet…
The subjects for her mosaics are those that touch her, those that create a peacefulness and a joy within her. She is drawn to children, animals and nature for these reasons. The beauty and naturalness of them, the playfulness and the joy of living they possess, inspires and brings Christine the utmost happiness. Mosaicing what she loves is the key to creating art that is meaningful to her and, perhaps, can touch others as well.
Christine makes mosaics for the home, business or public place. Go and visit her lovely website.
Currently she is working on a commission where she is making 38 (yes that’s thirty eight, not a typo!!!) trivets of the same design. It amazes me that she is capable of getting each and everyone of them just right. I know I’d be tempted to break out and be all rebellious and make them all slightly different! lol
Anyway, I’ll let her mosaic do the talking now…
And finally Christine busy working and looking all glamorous still