I am a Plein Air artist whose studio year round is the forested, rocky, wet places that I discover. In my work I aim to capture through line, shape and colour the inner connecting pulse of being that I experience in landscape. In these paintings I have seen this connecting energy close up in stump, bark and trunk.
Soft pastel is my language and the medium I use to share what is important to me. I love the vibrant colours and the way one can draw and paint in this medium. Soft pastels give me the ability to reach deep into my experience of landscape and express the richness of what I see.
After completing a B.A. in Fine Arts at Rhodes University in South Africa Edwards worked as a set designer and painter for the Performing Arts Councils in South Africa mainly in the area of opera and ballet. As a result of this work she was selected to receive the Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery award to study set designing in Europe for three months. Prior to immigrating to Canada she taught art in High School.
Since coming to Cambridge in 1995 Edwards has explored soft pastels as a medium through classes with Cathy Gibbon and Holly Sneath at Dundas Valley School of Art and Ursula Reese at the Haliburton School of the Arts. She has exhibited several times in juried shows curated by the Cambridge Centre for the Arts and had a solo exhibition there in 2011. Edwards has also exhibited with Pastel Artists Canada becoming a Signature Member in 2008. Last year she exhibited at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas with Donna Ibing and Patricia Kozowyk. Recently she participated in “A Day and A Night”, Art meets Music in the Village of Hespeler. Currently Edwards is preparing for the Studio Tour in Cambridge. Her work hangs in collections in Canada, USA and South Africa.
To contact Christina Edwards:
Address: Christina Edwards, 64 Wellington Street, Cambridge, ON, N1R 3Y7