Artist's Statement ::
Beauty Marks: Beauty Marks is a series of watercolor pencil paintings that respond and react to digital photographic close-ups of my face. Beauty and self-image are questions for me as I look at my photographs and face my own image through the reaction of watercolor marks on panel. The marks are reactionary as the watercolor pencils are first applied like a colored pencil and then water is poured to allow the colors to blend and spread naturally. This natural distribution of the water allows me to respond to the liquid stained marks with more watercolor pencil and elaborate on these beautiful stains of color. Highlighting the colors and illuminating the light that occurred in these photographs allows me to create an image that began as something I felt was unflattering and has the end result of becoming my beauty mark.
Christin Hutchinson was born on January 8, 1979 in Royal Oak, Michigan to her parents Richard and Anne Hutchinson. She was raised in Centerville, Ohio with her younger sister Lisa and brother Graham. Christin developed the life altering disease Rheumatoid Arthritis at the young age of nineteen and as a result made the choice to pursue her passion of painting and drawing instead of her planned career goals in Visual Communication Design. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing in March of 2003 and continued her studies at The Ohio State University to receive her Master of Fine Arts in June 2005. For the last two years, Christin has been teaching Beginning Drawing and Figure Drawing as a Graduate Teaching Associate. During her time at The Ohio State University, Christin was the recipient of the prestigious Fergus-Gilmore Memorial Scholarship Award and became the first artist selected for the Fergus-Gilmore permanent collection. Her paintings are on display in the office of the Dean of the College of the Arts and as a part the Ohio Staters Collection at the Ohio State University. She recently has been a part of the Ohio Art League Fall and Spring juried competitions displayed at the Columbus Museum of Art and the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. Christinís work will soon be seen in the upcoming issue of DirectArt Magazine as one of the new emerging artists selected for the 2005 DirectArt magazine competition.