Christene Sandeson grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia, where she attended public school, and was always the ‘best’ at drawing animals, people, landscapes and maps. After completing her Bachelors in Arts, Education and Masters of Education, she continued to explore images in pen, paint, and stone, and to experiment with the concepts these media suggested.
Christene worked with various artists on projects and exhibited this work in regional public galleries including Mount St. Vincent University, Atlantic School of Theology, the former Dartmouth Heritage Museum, and private galleries in Amherst, Wolfville, and Truro. This included being co-owner of “Signatures Gallery of Fine Art”, 47 Inglis Street, Truro, N.S., which was destroyed by fire in 1985.
As an Art Educator, Christene has taught in the Nova Scotia Teacher’s College, the Institute for Early Childhood Education, Correction Service Canada and the Chignecto Central Regional School Board. Additionally, she has implemented numerous art workshops and produced televised Art Education programming through Eastlink Cable TV called “The Secrets of Seeing”.
While teaching Art in the public school she developed and implemented Visual Art and Art History curricula for grades 9 – 12 at South Colchester Academy, and Virtual Visual Art 10 & 11 with the Provincial Virtual High School, and also assisted the development and piloting of the N.S. Dept. of Ed. Art Education Draft Document for Senior High. While this meant stepping away from the painting studio for 13 years, Christene was able to broaden her presentation skills in art processes and art history.
In addition to her current studio practise of creating and exhibiting, Christene’s recent bodies of works included her 2018 Primordial Dawn and 2019 Pond Life series’. She continues to teach adults in painting and serves on the Boards of the Truro Art Society and Attic Painters. For more information please contact her here . You can find her work on Art Bomb, on Facebook and on this website.