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, much like my art today does. 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 21 year old pet, 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. Eventually the fog lifted, and although the grief is always part of my life, the waves come 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. I am honoured to help others find a way to express their feelings and emotions through art, too, because for Creatives, this is how we can freely express ourselves.
I love exploring colour, texture, and anything mixed media. I also love inspiring others to explore art to fill their own needs. Art is an expression that is necessary in my life and the lives of so many others and I am blessed to be on this incredible journey within myself and with so many other wonderful people world wide.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to get to know me.