Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Bodnar.
Christine, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I can always remember having a drawing tool in my hand, whether crayon, graphite pencil or even a piece of a charcoal ember while camping out, my need to see through drawing was important to me. I studied animals and their anatomy, trying my best to make them as realistic as possible. This was something I could do alone and gave me great joy.
After college I moved to Boston in the early 80’s and continued painting and drawing at Mass Art and the SMFA, keeping the idea that I would be working in the fine arts in some capacity. After 27 years in the printing and color management industry, I found myself finding work which I wasn’t interested in doing anymore.
While searching for that next chapter in my professional career I kept in mind something an art instructor said to me once -“just keep painting”, which I have always done whether working with the figure or painting landscapes. My media is predominantly pastels at present, but before 1998 I was painting on canvas with oils and acrylics.
Working in pastels has given me much success and an avenue to show my work locally and at the national level in juried exhibitions. I keep a studio in my home but also have had the opportunity to rent artist space on the south shore where I am able to get back to painting on large canvases.
Today I am an educator and a painter who balances her time between teaching and growing as an artist.
Has it been a smooth road?
As an artist in any capacity, time is an obstacle, sometimes things just happen, sometimes patience is the story. For me I knew that I wanted to paint, how or when I would achieve any feeling of success was not something I thought about. Just the need to use my hands to create was important for my journey.
A midwest background taught me always make sure to have a plan B, meaning, be responsible for yourself. An artist must work hard and be true to themselves every time they step into the studio. Time is my obstacle but it also makes me work with more discipline than ever before.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a fine artist who works in pastels that are contemporary in style with an expressive interpretation. My paint- ings have been shown on the national level through exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the country. I am represented in two galleries, Powers Gallery in Acton, Ma. and N.W. Barrett Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I work is a variety of formats and sizes with availability for giclee prints through my website.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Boston and the south shore where I reside, are supportive of the arts and I am so glad I landed here after college.
There is education and an opportunity to grow and mature in whatever your medium. Exposure is helpful for the artist just getting started in showing their work and there is plenty of open calls to the artist in the area.
The city is not so overwhelming but welcoming to young artist as well as the artist taking that leap later in their career.
- Address: Studio #418 Sandpaper Factory, Rockland, Ma. 02370
- Website: christinebodnar.com
- Phone: 781-837-1995
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org