Christine Porter lives in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia, working from her studio there, as well as in more remote areas of New South Wales and Queensland. She is a full time professional artist. Career highlights include a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Southern Cross University, the 2006 McGregor Fellowship for overseas travel, 150+ prizes, artwork in The National Gallery of Australia and more read her full cv here .
As a painter in watercolour, her artwork tells visual stories about rural Australia, specialising in a portrayal of the iconic Australian Shearing Shed. Read more
As a printmaker Christine continues her rural subjects, as well as more personal themes. She uses other mediums too, such as artist made boxes, when the inspiration strikes. Read More
As a teacher Christine shares information and skills about painting, drawing and printmaking as well as guiding artists through the challenges of art-business-professionalism. Read More
Her writing has been published in many art and lifestyle journals, with her blog being a place to read her opinions on life, both in front and behind the easel.
2024 - Date Claimers
MAY 2024 CHARLOTTE PLAINS – Major Solo Exhibition
Celebrating 40 years since the first shearing shed artwork, which was in fact of Charlotte Plains. If you’ve ever been there you will see that painting in the station museum.
Opening Saturday May 11. exhibition will probably continue until the following weekend
SEPT/OCTOBER 2024 VICTORIA + TASMANIA
September 30 – Talk for Victoria Watercolour Society
October 1-3 two or three day watercolour workshop. More details closer to the time
October TBA Watercolour/drawing retreat “Rathmore” Tasmania
November - Artist paints pictures- who'd have thought it!
After thirty something years it never seems newsworthy to celebrate the everyday artwork creation that is the backbone of my practice. Far easier to concentrate on the deadlined events and glitzy opportunities.
This year there’s been a lot of teaching too, that will be less next year. Perhaps.
SO I decided to let you know here of a series of paintings that has just been completed. It’s about a shearing shed in the Traprock region west of Stanthorpe. I delivered the project to the family a couple of weeks ago and they have chosen from the series. I invite you to have a bit of a look at what for me was a lovely project this link, or click on the photo. Very satisfying from whoa to go. Thanks Stanthorpe – love ya heaps.
November - NSW govt decides children's creativity is un-important
The former NSW government valued the arts: the current one less so. The Step Away Program that I’ve run each term since this time last year, for primary school aged children and their parents has been hugely successful. The guided field sessions, consecutive Saturday afternoons in various outdoor sites around Lismore gave many parents and children a chance to be out of doors learning new skills.
In June the $100 creative kids voucher was reduced to $50 for those children who hadn’t already used their’s that expired June30.
In Dec that will be it. In 2024 the government will be creating a new combined sports and creativity voucher. (😳)
I’ve loved doing the Step Away Program.
Term 4 got out of control, so we’ll be just doing 4 sessions between now and the end of the year.
Nov 25 Dec 2,9, 16. If you have taken part in any this year, or would like to join with a new payment voucher please let me know through the contact form. I’m happy to do those 4 sessions for the same voucher, even though it has halved in value.
If you still have an unused voucher, and miss this series, I will be running a three week series late January/February. Will have dates when I’ve firmed up my own- Approx start will be Jan 27 or Feb3 . I must receive the voucher details by 8pm, Dec 31, 2023. (Don’t forget child’s DoB). More info here.
November - a life outside the studio includes accolades for canoe club
You may or may not know that I’m the president of the Far North Coast Canoe Club. This year at the annual Paddle Australia Awards held at the Gold Coast, our club was honoured to receive the coveted “President’s Award” which is a discretionary award from the president of Paddle Australia for whomever, in all of Australia, she warrants recognition. She’d been in contact with us since the flood, and had been very supportive. But it was a huge surprise for us to be recognised thus. My thanks for all the support from the paddling community for your support since the flood.
October - Places to learn to paint and draw with Christine this month
A walk in the Botanic Gardens – Plein Air drawing and painting workshop
Saturday October 7, 2-5pm
Learn how to make an easy sketchbook then, during the pleasant circumnavigation of the garden, discover the five steps Christine has developed to learn how to draw and paint what you see. At the end of the walk, when we get back to the starting place, we’ll have a bit of smoko and finish binding our books. All materials included in this three hour workshop, and Christine’s tutoring.
She says: Why don’t you join me for three hours of sitting down under a tree doing a bit of drawing. Learn some stuff, make an artist book, drink some tea, go for a bit of a walk. Sounds like a perfect Saturday afternoon to me. Bookings and more info below, or contact me if you are concerned at all. Actually you’ll learn a lot – not the least how to draw, and how to add drawing into your travelling.
Saturday October 21 Lismore Art Club
A three-site plein-air exploration of some of the big questions:
Contact the Lismore Art Club for more information about attendance
September - Panellist for Mastrius Event
Join Christine and artist Sue Riger as they discuss alternative income streams for artists. Sue will be concentrating on licensing via an agent: Christine will be paying more attention to self-publishing.
Book via the Mastrius website
COST $7 USD , or use this code at checkout to get in free i_know_christine
While you’re on the website have a glance at the rest of the membership advantages – there’s a monthly event membership as well as mentor membership for the full mentor experience.
August - Blue Moon Art Retreat Tenterfield
May - June Moree Family exhibition celebrates 100 years
Mid June I was near Moree helping a family celebrate the 100 years they had been on this property – shortly before the family left the district. I created a body of work about the house and sheds, then presented it at the family gathering. It was a wonderful day of sharing and stories. Thanks C and H for inviting me to make this artwork, and for including me at the party. Was a great day.
April - Signed up by Canadian learning platform Mastrius
I’m thrilled to announce that the Canadian Artist learning platform Mastrius has honoured me with “Master” status. (I must admit their first email nearly ended up in the spam folder!!)
The platform specialises in matching artists at various stages of their career with mentors, with material presented in monthly small group, live zoom meetings. The emphasis is on mentoring from a student led positions rather than teacher led information – though in reality its still about the mentor passing on information and supporting.
The platform also provides opportunities to take live short courses with various teachers, and monthly art events, communication and community.
I love the idea of having an international community and being accessible to those outside my physical district. My Mastrius page for more info.
April - May Group Exhibition
Curated by Steve Guise, this exhibition features many printmakers who lost everything in the flood, including some uni and Tafe students who had to learn without a proper studio. Luckily Christine was spared any serious damage to her home or studio. She is represented in this exhibition with some of her 2023 Flood China drypoints. Read more about the series here , or visit the Roxy Gallery in person from April 13- May14.
March - April: western painting road trip
What became a four-shearing-shed trip, over a month, both sides of the NSW/Qld border, in extremes of heat (40+ degrees) and close to zero a week later: staying in guest rooms but also camping on claypans, black-soil and riverside (though not at the same time); visiting old friends, new friends and meeting a hundred more: cuppa teas, lunches, dinners and at least two hamburger joints that vie for the best ever: Christine went west to see what she could see. The results are four sketchbooks full of notes, drawings and ideas. Work that will be translated into four new bodies of work to be exhibited next year at Cunnamulla, and at other places in the Moree district. Her camping set-up has become more streamlined, her sketches are more fluid, and she was reminded each day of her trip, each sunset, each clear night sky, each tempestuous evening and baked earth day, each cool morning when they finally came, how much she enjoys this part of her practice that allows her to get out amongst it.
Living the dream they say.
And she agrees.
New Suite of Drypoints - Flood China
When Steve Guise proposed an exhibition of printmakers, post flood, Christine realised that the story of the flood china was unfinished. Like everyone she really thought that the dismay and disorder from the flood would be in the past. A year on it’s still there, and people are still struggling. The small suite of drypoints – many using coloured ink, multiple plates and dolly wiping – extend the ideas presented in the painting series . Seeing the stories repeated across the region, artwork that exists in multiple seems apt.
POST SCRIPT – This drypoint was a finalist in the International Miniature Print Exhibition in Kazanlak, Bulgaria. Here’s the 2023 catalogue , for a bit of a surprise have a look at an earlier one in 2018. It was an astonishing time that’s for sure!!
May 2022 Flood Artwork
Like everyone else in Lismore, I spent most of March and April helping those who had been impacted by the terrible floods. I didn’t set out to make artwork about the time, though I did keep a flood journal – pages of which are reproduced in this blog. There were many ways to help, and we all did what we needed to. I helped my friend Marie with her inundated storage units that held stock from her second hand book, and also her vintage clothes businesses. She’d been in the throes of packing up her life to move, so all her childhood belongings, her excess homewares, and her large private collection of china was also in the storage units. After handling every piece in her collection, I began to see the beauty.
The artwork for the Flood China series was the result. Read More
Feb - March 2022 Lismore Floods
Our town has always been known for its flooding.
Most summers the river rises, sometimes up to five times, from February up until early May. Easter is always wet. It’s what it does here.
By now you would have seen the photos of what happened on Feb 28, 2022. My place is out of flood water, but so many people in our town thought they were too. When the river came up this time, after a full seven days of the sort of solid “flood rain” that has long term locals checking their flood plan, it kept coming up. Past the levels of 1974 and 1954. Past Cyclone Debbie’s recent horror levels. 2.4 metres higher in fact. That’s the second story of all the shops downtown, that’s into the Lismore square, over the macca’s sign, into the cathedral, right through half a dozen schools.
Lismore is struggling to regain itself. The short sentence “lost everything” does not even begin to describe the losses, trauma and ongoing horror of this time. I’m ok, but there are many of my fellow artists who aren’t, who are rebuilding their practice whilst they are struggling to rebuild their homes. We will bounce back. The concerted effort of volunteers who saved lives as the flooding was happening, have also taken on the back-breaking and soul-destroying business of rebuilding homes and lives.
There are many ways you can help. Googling “help Lismore flood” gives many options. This is one via the Lismore City Council Contact me if you have an idea that could benefit. Coming into winter it’ll be rugs for the floors, and blankets. But the needs are ever-changing.
August 5 /September 19 , 2021 - Major Solo Exhibition Stanthorpe
SEPTEMBER 2020 - NOW ON YOUTUBE
In another way to tell stories, the three month journey into this new medium has resulted in three bodies of work: The Artist’s Sketchbooks – a journey with Christine through various of her sketchbooks; Regionally Speaking – a series of conversations with rural and remote Australian artists, and Watercolour Basics – the beginning of a series of on-line painting education modules that will become available as they are completed. Visit Christine’s YouTube Channel
TO BUY ARTWORK
Many of the paintings on this website are available for purchase. This page has random paintings that are still available (a work in progress), the shop pages have cards, etchings and giclee prints. Otherwise scroll through each painting project which will have indications about which are still available there, though this can change quickly.
Prices for paintings range from $300 – $4000 depending on their size, age, and framed state.
Prices for etchings range from $60 – $350
Cards begin at $3 each, Giclee Prints from $100
Prices for a commissioned painting or etching depends on the nature of the project.
Contact Christine directly for any information, price or to purchase an artwork.
ART CLASSES WITH CHRISTINE
WHERE TO SEE CHRISTINE'S ARTWORK
Studio Visit Christine’s studio/gallery in Lismore, open by appointment. Contact us to book a visit.
Christine has no solo exhibitions booked for 2022. Plans are afoot for something in 2024 – exactly 40 years since her first shearing shed painting.
Group Exhibitions Australian Watercolour Institute Annual Exhibition, Sydney .
Gallery Representation – Red Hill Gallery Brisbane, PG Printmaker Gallery Melbourne, Coldstream Gallery Ulmarra, The Lodge on Hawthorne Blackall, Barebones Artspace Swansea Tas.
Regular Exhibitor – Toowoomba Grammar, Downlands, Goondiwindi Aspects Art Show, Blackall Heartland, others