Artistic Statement

We are not the same as we were yesterday.  We propel forward to make choices, regenerate, re-evaluate, reshape, revise, and transform into new versions of our selves.  Like the cells of our organic makeup, we are forever adapting to circumstance.  Christene Sandeson’s paintings spring from her scrapbook of life experiences.

Inspired by seasonal beginnings and endings, Christene’s work explores the universal themes such as the ebb and flow of life, the richness and frailty of the human condition, and the growth and decline of dreams.  She layers the elements and subjects of her works to give the illusion of sinking depths and emerging lights,  ultimately freezing and submerging memories under the glazes of time.  For Christene, the metaphor is the meaning.

Early in her art career Christene was fortunate to receive the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation award and exhibited regionally.  She also took active roles in art education on part time basis as an interim professor of art at the former N.S. Teachers College, providing Art Expression programming with Correction Services Canada; producing the televised programming “Secrets of Seeing” with Eastlink TV and also working full time teaching Visual Arts 10 – 12 with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board.  In addition to private collections her work can be found in notable public collections: The N.S. Court of Appeal, Institute for Early Childhood Education, and, Isaac Walton Killam Children’s Hospital in Halifax.

With the formality of teaching now behind her, Christene has returned to her studio practise.  Her current work can be viewed locally and on this website.