I was born in 1964 in Bloomington Indiana as Cristie Blair Davenport, and knew at an early age that I was an artist (Ok that sounds pretentious, but you have to know that it took forty years to actually call myself an artist). Before the age of five I dove into the creative process. Just ask my mom… she’s got some stories. I loved making things, drawing, painting, and fashioning little books.
In my forties not much has changed.
Although it was not until recently that I realized that the multi-facets of my creativity was a gift not a source of conflict or confusion. Drawing was the primary focus in my younger years. I could render representational images fairly well, and gained approval and reinforcement for being “talented”, but I always had several directions that drew me in the creative process(often simultaneously). These days the notion of this kind of multi-dicipline is widely accepted, but in my youth I was compelled to find one thing to hone. In college, while studying general fine art, I stumbled upon a course in silver fabrication that I immediately fell in love with.
Torch in hand and newly married in ‘87, I turned my back on my sketchbook and began to hone my craft as a silversmith and creator of “wearable art”. In love with the metal and design possibilities I indeed honed my skill. As time went by our son Daniel was born and my art expanded into creating paper maché matchbox tracks and elaborate Halloween costumes while continuing to show my metalwork. Fifteen years, numerous shows, and over thirty galleries later I decided to shift gears. I began exploring graphics again along with photography and digital art. Loving the possibilities afforded by the medium, and the vehicle of the internet my husband and I launched a project called Avisualplanet.com. Amassing a catalog of over 10,000 works of my photography as well as digital composition, this became my bread and butter distributing this resource over the globe. As compelling as this digital media was in 2004 I found a need to return to something more “organic”.
I began to paint.
Throwing aside some of the restrictions that I had navigated through marketing my silverwork and my digital work, as well as some of my own notions of accomplishment, I found a new freedom of sheer expression in the paint. I wasn’t trying to force it to fit an expectation, outward or inward, but instead wanted the paint to speak.
And for me, it did.
All of these art forms continue to be part of my life as I explore what each form has to say and each form overlaps and tends to inform the other.