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Chris Hayman

In her paintings Christine Hayman concerns herself with space. She is interested in how forms are energized by the space around them, especially when incorporated into paintings with vivid contrasting color and thick painterly textures. Inspired by the natural world, Hayman believes in a process of constant investigation. Trained early on as a classical pianist, Hayman has been greatly influenced by music in her life. Actively involved in theater and dance at the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and Baltimore, her creative talents eventually led to her primary focus as a visual artist. 

"In my current work I am involved with various gestural forms along with a variety of abstract language. I am also using the elements and energy of the landscape in some of the paintings which seems to enter into the work in an intuitive way. I live on a farm in Northern California with various livestock and beautiful surroundings. Breaking up the space differently in the current paintings than in previous works has created greater energy as well as interest for me with a new type of sensibility evolving with more emphasis on simpler more limited forms. The negative space has become more important in the energy it conveys and its relation to other areas of the painting. In the last 4 years I have done a series called The White Paintings. In this body of work I am problem solving the opposition of the negative spaces to the areas of limited color while trying to achieve high energy in the paintings with emphasis on the quality of the surfaces."

Hayman received her BA in Art History at the University of Maryland and a second degree in Art at the University of Reno, Nevada where she started her investigation in painting. 

Currently she resides in Northern California on a farm with livestock and beautiful surroundings which greatly influence her work. 


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