Award winning artist, Ingrid Christensen, was born and raised in Golden, a small town in British Columbia, Canada. She studied art and English at UBC in Vancouver and received an Education degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and, for a time, taught in the public school system. But art was always Ingrid's primary passion, and she quit teaching in order to pursue it wholeheartedly.
After studying silversmithing in Thailand, and jewelry making and ceramics in Calgary, Ingrid finally settling on painting when she discovered that it was all that she had been searching for. She taught herself to paint, first in watercolour, and then in oils, by reading artists' biographies, art history books, and every how-to book in the library system.
Ingrid is inspired by the Impressionists because of their fascination with the effect of light on colour. Her favourite subjects are figures and landscapes, with a special interest in images of figures in water. This last subject allows her to explore the complexity of light, both direct and reflected, as well as the bravura brushwork that has become her signature. Her bold and colourful paintings have won honours and awards in both international and national exhibitions.
Ingrid teaches oil painting at Swinton's art studios in Calgary, Alberta and workshops in Alberta, British Columbia, and Mexico.
She is represented by: Rendezvous Gallery,Vancouver, BC, Tutt Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC., Oceanside Gallery, Qualicum Beach, BC, Roux and Cyr International Fine Art Gallery, Portland, Maine.
Ingrid's paintings are held in the offices of the Alberta Pharmacy Association, who comissioned her to create their Centennial artwork, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and in private collections throughout the world.
International Artist Aug/Sept 2014 "Suggesting Reality"
Arabella Art and Architecture Summer 2013 profiled in "Artist to Collect"
Artistic Achievements and Awards
2015 - "Celebrating 30 Years" Tutt Gallery, Kelowna, BC
2015 - Small works exhibition Roux and Cyr International Fine Art Gallery, Portland, Maine
2015 - Solo Exhibition Roux and Cyr International Fine Art Gallery, Portland, Maine
2014 - "Small Works" Roux and Cyr International Fine Art Gallery, Portland, Maine
2014 - Article published International Artist Magazine Aug/Sept edition
2014 - "Seasons", Rendezvous Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2014 - "Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art", Scottsdale, AZ
2013 - Profiled: "Artist to Collect" Summer edition of Arabella Art and Architecture Magazine
2012 - "Autumn in the Okanagan" group exhibition, Tutt Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
2012 - Honourable Mention "FCA Classic" national exhibition, FCA COC Kelowna, BC
2011 - "Small Gems" group exhibition, Rendezvous Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2011 - "Peaks of the Canadian Rockies" ASA travelling exhibiton, Alberta
2011 - Award of Excellence TNSC Exhibition, Kamloops, BC
2011 - "9th Annual Juried Member's Show", Calgary, Alberta
2010 - "Let it Snow" , group exhibition, Collector's Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
2010 -Winner: Gold Medal, "Art Visions 2010 Exhibition", juried national FCA Exhibition,
Kelowna, British Columbia
2010 - Commission: Centennial art commission for Alberta Pharmacy Association
2010 - "New Arrivals" group exhibition, Collector's Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
2010 - "8th Annual Juried Member's Show", The Leighton Art Centre, Calgary, Alberta
2010 - "New Members New Work", ASA Exhibition, Calgary, Alberta
2009 - Winner: Gold Medal, "Art Visions 2009 Exhibition", juried national FCA Exhibition,
Kelowna, British Columbia
2009 - Group exhibition, Collector's Gallery of Art, Calgary, Alberta
2009 - Artists' Window. Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta
2009 - Winner: Prix Chapeau, " Symposium International Jean-Paul Lapointe", Chicoutimi, Quebec
2009 -" 7th Annual Juried Members' Exhibition", Leighton Art Centre, Calgary, Alberta
2008 - "Christmas in the Country", Leighton Art Centre, Calgary, Alberta
2008 - First Place "Journey into Art" show, Leighton Art Centre, Calgary, Alberta
2007 - FCA national "Human Figure" show, Vancouver, B.C
Federation of Canadian Artists
Oil Painters of America.