Also known as “Reaching For Something Higher” and “Figuring it Out” and Finding our Way”
Featured image in blog, Working With Black And White aka Figuring It Out
“Figuring It Out.” Outstanding Abstract/Non-Representational Award. 37th Illinois National Watercolor Exhibition by Exhibition Judge Elaine Daily-Birnbaum
"Figuring It Out." 28th Annual Red River Watercolor Society National Juried Watermedia Exhibition. Hjemkomst Center. Moorhead, MN
"Figuring It Out," Illinois Watercolor Society 37th National Exhibition 2021.
“Figuring It Out” (aka “Going Home”) received the Juror’s Choice Award in the 2020 VMRC Juried Exhibition.
“Going Home” was awarded the silver medal by juror Mark Mehaffey at the 25th Annual Red River Watermedia Juried Exhibition.
5th place – 2016 AMERICAN ART AWARDS, juried by USA’s Best Galleries / Museums. Artists in 22 countries competed (Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, UK, USA, Wales).
Juried National Exhibition. “Figuring It Out.” Watercolor Wyoming National Exhibition. Sheridan, WY.
Juror Mark Mehaffey, international recognized artist chose “Finding Our Way” to be included in the Watercolor Wyoming 34th Annual National Exhibition. Mark Mehaffey is a signature member the AWS, NWS, TPWS and ISEA. He has won major awards in juried exhibitions internationally.
When creating “Figuring It Out” I began by what comes naturally – putting washes of color on the paper. I had chosen the colors I wanted to work with – mainly black and white. It is not easy to make a work exciting when you use just two colors, but I knew that I wanted this to be a journey – not only for myself during the process of creation, but also for others who were going to view the work after it was finished.
The elements of strong contrast in “Figuring It Out” are quite evident simply because of the colors I chose in the beginning to experiment with. Because I have been painting all my life, the elements and principles of design are like the genes in my body – and come naturally for me, I don’t even think about them. A lifetime of creating allows me to expand upon those foundations as I work in the pursuit of creativity, discovery, and freedom.
When I create I rarely have an intent in mind – I want my mind to stay as free as a child choosing colors from a box of crayons. As I create, I let the washes of paint speak to me until a concept emerges. The conceptual theory within this work is life’s journey – while we would like to travel paths that are smooth and easy going, life does not always lend itself to smooth paths. There are rocks on the path and ladders we climb to rise above some of troubles we have during our journey of life.
"There are no two identical ways artwork can be viewed. There is no right or wrong when viewing artwork our minds need to be as open as a child’s, playing with colorful building blocks or choosing colors from a box of crayons filled with possibilities." - Christine Alfery
Christine Alfery is an award winning Contemporary Conceptual Artist that has been widely exhibited in museums, galleries and in corporate and private collections around the world.
Christine has a style that is uniquely her own and one that has been widely, well-received and rewarded for its’ own uniqueness and beauty. Christine’s work employs many of the techniques of the abstract expressionists, including: gestural mark making, color fields and conceptual work. Having succeeded in the art world for over 50 years, Christine continues to strive for authenticity, emphasizing the importance of an artist who is true to themselves and not the whims of market trends.