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Christine Karpiak  - Mixed Media Artist

     The one thing I've discovered about myself is that to create is to breathe.  Whether it be performing, gardening, painting, photography, or making a general mess, the need to breathe creativity into my life is how I survive life's hardships and elations.  

     In 2016 I graduated with a Masters which was arts based and allowed me a chance to revisit visual arts that I had so loved growing up. It was life altering for me and allowed me to find ways to express what I was learning and how I was feeling.  Two months after graduating I unexpectedly lost my sister, after having lost my mom to a tragic accident a short 6 years prior.  The rug was pulled out from under me once again, leaving me lifeless, blinded in a lonely world, heartbroken beyond repair.  That coupled with the loss of a nephew, friend, and my pet turtle for 20 years, I couldn't function.  I merely drifted through the existence of just being, trying to put on a brave face and put one foot in front of the other, only because I had to.  Gratefully, I turned to my art journalling for therapy.  That, along with walks with my dog in the beautiful rain forests we have here, helped me cope with the intense grief I was experiencing. And one day the fog lifted, and eventually the waves of grief came with less intensity and frequency.  

     My life has been altered in so many ways, and thankfully through my art I have found ways to breathe and grow again.  The grieving will always be there, but now I have even found moments of joy.  Like Picasso, looking through my artwork, one can see the stages of emotion by colour.  I have many pages of browns, blues and blacks, and now I see my work is full of colour.  I love colour and use it to express my emotions.  Yes, I am an artist, but really this means I am an expressionist, an explorer, a story teller. I hope you enjoy scrolling through the stories I have created.