Christene Sandeson grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia, where she attended public school. Recognized at an early age for her drawings of animals, cartoons and maps, Christene has continued drawing and painting to this present day. She completed her Bachelors in Arts, Education and Masters of Education and currently supplement her knowledge through specific workshops and mentorship programs such as those offered at the Creative Art Lab in Parrsboro, through online mentoring from Art2Life, and through critiquing works with fellow artists. Her current practise is to experiment with the concepts suggested by her favourite media of pencil, paint, and stone.
Early in her art career, Christene received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, worked with various artists on projects and exhibited this work in many 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. At this time she was also co-owner of Signatures Gallery of Fine Art, 47 Inglis Street, Truro, N.S. (destroyed by fire 1985).
In addition to private collections, her work can be found in notable public collections such as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Institute for Early Childhood Education, the Isaac Walton Killam Children’s Hospital in Halifax. Municipality of the County of Colchester, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, and the Town of Truro Civic Office.
Christene accepted interim roles in Art Education to support both her art practise and her family in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Those part-time opportunities included working as art professor at the former N.S. Teachers College, Art Expression programmer with Correction Services Canada, and producer of the televised “Secrets of Seeing” with Eastlink TV.
In the 1990’s she began teaching Visual Art on a full-time basis with Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education, developing and implementing 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. She 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 painting for a number of years, Christene enjoyed the opportunity to broaden her presentation skills with diverse art processes and to expand her knowledge of art history.
In addition to her current studio practise of creating and exhibiting, Christene offers painting programs to adults and serves on the Boards of the Truro Art Society and Attic Painters. Christene regularly donates her work to the Hospital Foundation and other worthwhile charities. Christene continually works toward new exhibition goals and much of her new work can be found on Instagram and at Facebook.
Christene Sandeson, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.
2021 Nude on a Swing
2019 Pond Life series
2020 Truro Art Society Secretary