I have been painting off and on for 30 years and making jewelry for 15 years.  I paint mainly in oils and acrylics with some watercolor here and there.  I love simplicity and am a minimalist at heart.  Although you can tell from many of these paintings I love quiet places, you can also see that I love quirky and colorful too. I want to create a sense of fun and acceptance, and/or a sense of peace and quiet with an open heart.

In my jewelry designs, I never make two pieces exactly the same.  I use Art Glass beads that have been handmade by various artists from around the country, sterling silver bali beads which are also individually handmade, Swarovski crystals, Czech crystals, semi precious stones, polymer clay handmade beads, seed beads, gold-filled accents, brass accents, copper, wire, and beadalon a strong 49 strand steel cable wire made for beading.  

Christine Harkins

Artist's Statement