Growing up in a family of artists I have been looking at and making art since I can remember. My maternal grandmother was especially influential in introducing me to mixed media and sparked my interest in combining materials. She taught me to see the creative possibilities in everything.
My work is about storytelling. I use drawing, acrylic and mixed materials to develop my stories. I start out with a basic idea and, combining figures, line, texture, color and pattern, the story takes shape as I as I develop it on the canvas. With the title in place I encourage the viewer to participate, to expand on the idea and continue the story in a way that is meaningful to them.
Christine Echtner was born and raised in Wisconsin. She studied art at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in drawing and painting. She resides in Madison, Wisconsin.