About
I’ve lived in Virginia since 2000, but was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.

After graduating from WLAC in California, I studied studio arts through UCLA’s extension arts program, and concurrently I studied graphic design as a career option. I subsequently worked as a graphic artist over a twenty year period both in California and eight years in Virginia. Current creative pursuits consist primarily in painting and urban sketching.

Education
Associate Degree, WLA Community College, CA
Studio arts and art history program, UCLA Extension, CA

Solo Exhibitions
2022 Ox-Eye Vineyards Tasting Room, Staunton, VA
2019 292 North Gallery, "Joy Studies" Harrisonburg, VA
2017 Shenandoah Pizza and Taphouse, Staunton, VA

Group Exhibitions
2022 Eleanor D. Wilson Museum/Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
2022 VMRC National Juried Exhibition, Harrisonburg, VA
2021 American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
2020 VMRC National Juried Exhibition, Harrisonburg, VA
2019 Bath County Art Show, Hot Springs, VA
2018 VMRC National Juried Show, Harrisonburg, VA
2017 Larkin Gallery National Juried Exhibition, Harrisonburg, VA
2017 CVWG 26th Annual Exhibit, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA
2017 Nelson Gallery, “Beyond Printmaking” Lexington, VA
2017 Co-Art Gallery Featured Artist “Maya”, Staunton, VA
2017 Blue Mountain Coffee, Group Exhibit, Staunton, VA
2016 Winter Printmaking Show, Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Waynesboro, VA

Awards/Prizes
2022 Juror's Award, VMRC Annual Juried Exhibition, Harrisonburg, VA
2020 Honorable Mention and Purchase Award, VMRC Annual Juried Exhibition, Harrisonburg, VA
2018 Honorable Mention, Bath County Art Show, Hot Springs, VA
2018 2nd Place Award, SVAC Annual Member Show, Waynesboro, VA
2017 Honorable Mention, VMRC Annual Juried Exhibition, Harrisonburg, VA
2017 Honorable Mention, SVAC Annual Member Show, Waynesboro, VA
2017 Award of Excellence CVWG 26th Annual Juried Exhibition, Charlottesville, VA

Associations
Representation: Co-Art Gallery in Staunton, VA
Member: Beverley Street Studio School, Staunton, VA

Gallery   Co-Art Gallery
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Facebook     Christine Watts Creative
BLOG     C Marie Watts - BLOG

Artist Statement (Abstract Painting)
My abstract paintings develop around life-questions and contemplations. I’m curious about relationships, boundaries, and visual uncertainties among painted and collaged forms. I apply a personal painting process that results in the smallest of visual stories which are interior and meaningful to me. My titles attempt to guide the viewer toward my vision and/or send them on their own interior journey.

"Begin in gratitude. End in humility."  -  CMW