Austin artist Christine Comerford creates exuberant, fantastical scenes infused with intricate patterns and explosions of brilliant color. The fairy tale-esque works appear buoyant and playful at first sight, but upon closer inspection reveal a deeper meaning.
Everyday objects turn into whimsical shapes that are exquisitely detailed, but reflect the passage of time and space. She seeks to represent states of metamorphosis through beautiful, thought-provoking images.
“My work has a theme of spaces that go on to another space or have objects that change into other objects,” says Christine. “There are trees or plant-like shapes and one, in particular, with blackberries. The blackberries are extending from one space into another space. For that piece, I was thinking about blackberry vines being very giving -- giving blackberries from one space to another. The vines were being generous in that way.”
Christine likes to experiment with vivid shades and stark contrast, blending colors until they resonate with each other. She often incorporates strong hues such as turquoise, emerald and coral into her pencil drawings. In Austin, her work has been displayed at the Spider House Café and Ballroom.
She attended The University of Texas and studied art and education, but eventually earned a nursing degree. Upon her graduation, she worked as a postpartum nurse and then moved into the lactation field. Still working as a nurse, she currently is enrolled in a general massage therapy certification program, but continues to make time for her art.