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
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