Sausalito Artist - Christin Coy

 Christin Coy - San Francisco Bay Area Plein Air Landscape


Christin was born and raised in Oslo, Norway, a country steeped in traditional art and inspiring natural beauty. Edward Munch and other well known Scandinavian artists, along with her family, influenced Christin at an early age.  She started drawing at the age of two and has made art an important part of her life ever since. 

At the age of thirteen Christin immigrated with her family to Southern California.  She received her degree in Fine Art from UC Berkeley and for several years worked as a graphic artist with landscape architecture firms in Los Angles and the Bay Area.

For the past twenty-six years, Christin’s artwork has reflected her appreciation for nature through her landscape painting, both in Plein air and in her larger studio works.  She has studied with Bay Area artists Pam Glover, Mel Adamson, Stanley Goldstein, and Chester Arnold.  She has adopted her own realistic style influenced by the Tonalists  as well as contemporary landscape painter Russell Chatham.

Christin’s paintings of the Marin County hills, coastal regions, and Sonoma County vineyards, reflect her strong connection with the land, and bring to life the unique mood and beauty of each setting.  She is especially attracted to the warm colors and elongated shadows that appear in the  late afternoon.  It has been said that Christin’s art work evokes the deep, rich sounds of the cello.           

The BayWood Artists is a small group of professional  plein air artists dedicated to helping preserve the environment for future generations and the lands they love, the remaining open spaces of Marin County and the greater Bay Area. Christin was one of the founding members of this group Nineteen years ago. Each year BWA chooses a new organization to help benefit through the show and sale of their paintings of a specific area to be preserved.

Christin also participates in annual art exhibits such as “Ranches and Rolling Hills” which raises funds to protect farmland for Marin Agricultural Trust, and “Marin/Scapes” benefiting the Buckelew Foundation, as well as other organizations raising awareness for the protection and conservation of land and water.  Christin’s paintings have been collected throughout the United States and in Europe. 

A collection of her paintings have recently been published in the book Ranches and Rolling Hills: Art of West Marin-A Land in Trust.



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