Dan’s Papers Cover Artist Christine D’Addario on Seascapes and More

Dan's Papers August 7, 2020 cover art by Christine D'Addario (detail)

Christine D’Addario talks about her love of the beach, how seascapes inspire her art and more.

What was the inspiration for this piece?
“Summer Girl” is about carefree days at the beach! I love watching children explore the shore, filling up their buckets with water and running to and from the waves until they grow older and braver to jump in. This little girl was probably about 4 years old and absolutely adorable with her nautical bathing suit ruffles blowing in the wind! I hope she brings a smile to Dan’s readers during this crazy summer of COVID.

Talk about your art style.
My artistic style is somewhere between reality and fantasy, creating a “transitional realism.” I am an optimist and choose to celebrate the beauty and wonder of the world. My works are meant to bring happiness and a sense of calm to my viewers.

Christine D’Addario and a selection of her gorgeous paintings, Images: Courtesy D’Addario
Christine D’Addario and a selection of her gorgeous paintings, including “Summer Girl” (bottom left), Images: Courtesy D’Addario

Tell us about your artistic process.
The observation of fleeting moments of joy and magic are what spark my interests to paint a subject. I am a great admirer of both human and mother nature. Sometimes I have a plan in mind for a subject or place, but most of the time I stay alert to what I see around me. As a family, we tend to revisit places and beaches year after year which builds my connection with the subject and helps me bring authentic feeling to the work, to help the viewer feel like they, too, are there.

If you weren’t an artist what would you be doing?
Ha! That seems impossible! I would most definitely be doing something in the creative field. I suppose alternative dream jobs would be working on films or a professional world traveler!

What inspires you the most?
My seascapes are most inspired by Long Island and the coastal lifestyle that we share. I believe that time spent by the shore stimulates our senses, fuels the human spirit and can reset the mind. From my experience there is no place more beautiful to visit, nor subject to artistically express.

See more of Christine D’Addario’s work at cdaddario.com and follow @christinedaddariofineart on social media. D’Addario’s work is also at William Ris Gallery in Jamesport, williamris.com.

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