Nature for me is very fluid, liquid, always moving, and never the same. I have always been around water, paddling in it or swimming in it. When on major rapids, paddling in very rough waters, I can remember saying to myself, “Go with the flow, just go with the flow.” Many times the boat flipped. There was one flip that was in a class 4 rapids when the tip was my fault. I was paddling in the front, feeling very sure of myself and forgetting that I was not the captain of the boat. We were paddling in a covered canoe. We were on a river in the Northwest Territories in a remote wilderness area. Right during a major maneuver I switched to my left side thinking I would draw the boat away from a wave. What a mistake! Over we went with no chance to correct the error. Once we surfaced into the angry water, all we could do was surrender to the flow. The river was way more powerful than we were.
That surrender to the water, that fluid feeling wasn’t scary. We were in the moment and we could only surrender. We couldn’t fight the energy of the flow of the water; we could only go with it.
There are several ways to understand surrender. There is the surrender to the power of something else and then there is the surrender to blissful moments. No matter when I surrender, the moment seems to be quite blissful. I am happiest then. Lately, I have been reminding myself of this blissful feeling and trying to surrender to it even when there is chaos around me.
That is what happens when I paint.
Sweet sweet surrender, like a fish in the water, like a bird in the air.
"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.