Originally from Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Christine Sonntag now lives in Tatamagouche for many reasons, not the least of which is the way the light spins its magic over the sea and the land. As an artist and musician, she feels surrounded by inspiration here.
Christine started drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil, drawing as her grandmother told stories. She attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for graphic design and worked in the field until she decided to switch to fine arts. Working in all mediums, Christine prefers acrylics to paint bold colours with an expressive whimsical style and has been offering her work at Art 1274 Hollis off and on for the last 10 years.
Christine feels she spends 75% of the time thinking and 25% creating, so by the time she sits down to paint, she has seen the picture in her head many times. Living by the ocean, much of her inspiration comes from here as well as her memories of childhood adventures. Her work often tells a story and includes children, which she attributes to her love of illustration, her insane optimism as well as having the heart and sensitivities of a child. She was once told by a wise writer to create from the heart is to be successful, so that is what she does with her work that she hopes will bring joy to her viewer.