Southern California native Christina Carroll lives and works in the same rustic canyon that was her childhood home. She found an early companion and teacher in the natural world surrounding her. Both parents were creative and supportive, each at ease in a variety of creative media, and Carroll’s own expression grew toward the peacefulness found in nuances of detail, color, pattern and line.
The monotype process (yielding only one unique image) is a technique used as long ago as the 1640′s by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. The spontaneous process resonated with the artist’s own qualities: A tumble of marks and color while inking the plate indulge an impulsive energy while the resulting print, with its edges crisp and polite, allow both impulse and order to be indulged and explored.
Following a B.A. in Studio Art from Connecticut College, she was introduced to monotype printmaking at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by artist Robert Siegelman. Over the years she has explored course work in book arts, drawing and graphic design from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA, and resources in Los Angeles. Christina works in her home studio as well as at Freehand Gallery and gives workshops at Craft in America’s Study Center and the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, CA. She has brought her press into the classrooms of Park Century School in Culver City, igniting the free creative and curious spark in these children with learning disabilities. The artist has affiliations with the American Print Alliance, Cambridge Art Association, Santa Barbara Printmakers and Monotype Guild of New England and has exhibited in galleries across the country.