I was a nature kid. Growing up in northern Vermont, I spent most of my childhood exploring the outdoors. Without cable and cell phones, you would have found me in the woods with my family seeing what we could find – catching green frogs in the river, listening for the Hermit Thrush, keeping an eye out for trilliums. It was all so fascinating to me. This passion of mine stemmed from my father, who taught me a lot about nature and wildlife.
Connecting with animals is a big part of who I am. It’s a trait that has run in my family for generations. My great grandmother was an animal lover and worked with Lipizzan stallions. My father received a Ph.D. in Zoology and taught environmental science and animal behavior. I was riding horses and handling snakes when I was as young as 3 years old. I have had some amazing opportunities to get up close and handle different animals, including lion cubs and a black and white ruffed lemur.
I also admired professional nature photographer and family friend, Gustav Verderber of Sojourns in Nature, hearing the great stories from his adventures and watching his success. In college, I focused most of my time on fine and digital art, but it wasn’t until after college that I became more serious with photography.
I am an artist with a hunger for learning and a vision of traveling the world. With a B.A. degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Business Management, I have vast experience in art and photography. I now live in New Hampshire and focus on exploring the many ecosystems of New England. And I’m always ready for the next adventure.
Christie is an award winning designer and fine art gallery artist.
July – September 2019:
Eight Nature Easels on display at NHTI – Concord's Community College Library art gallery.
'The Wolf Moon at Sunrise' framed photo print was on display at the Alumni art gallery in Keene, NH. Size: 26.25”x20” frame with 18”x12” photo print.
Three framed prints were displayed in the Beaver Brook Nature Art Show in Hollis, NH: 'Snowy at Dusk', 'Drake Wood Duck', and 'Waterlily Serenity'.
Several of her designs received awards for her company in the 2015 New England Financial Marketing Association Conference.
Her designs won several awards, including First Place for Original Logo Design in 2009 for Four Seasons Express and First Place for Sign System (design team effort) for the NH Motor Speedway, both in 2009 in the NH Sign Association's Mack Awards.
Three pieces of artwork were displayed in the Student Art Exhibit at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene, NH; Pieces included oil painting still life, a pastel drawing of another student, and a "Visual Passage" graphic design book.