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Christine Porter: painting

Christine has been a full time professional artist since 1990 and has been painting shearing sheds since 1984. Career highlights include election to the Australian Watercolour Institute in 1996, more than one hundred and twenty prizes in competitions around Australia, artwork in Australian and international collections, and regular exhibitions. More information . Her 2006 Bachelor of Visual Arts university degree has added a theoretical dimension to her art making, and her overseas McGregor Fellowship broadened her practice even more.

Becoming a full time artist

In the catalogue essay for her 2001 retrospective exhibition ten years: one thousand paintings, Christine describes looking back trying to find that definitive moment when she became an artist. She writes how it was way before the decision in 1990 to take leave from teaching and go full time. And before her first shearing shed commission in 1984, and before doing art at TAFE in Armidale while she was studying for her first degree, and before her first exhibition in Kempsey, and before high school art and before … and before. So in answer to the question “How did you become an artist Christine?” she replies that she’s always been an artist, that the passion for creating has underlined decisions all her life: both major career moves and those in the everyday.

Read the complete essay ” The artist as autobiographer” (link coming soon)
Buy the exhibition catalogue for ten years: one thousand paintings here 
Read one of Christine’s opinion pieces about being a professional artist 

The Artwork

Since 1984 Christine has painted almost 100 different shearing sheds. But that is not her the only string to her bow. Her paintings fit into three main categories: Australian shearing sheds, paintings about sheep/cattle and artwork that includes more personal themes. Click on the image for more information.

'Woolshed' 2013 watercolour 66x42cm Christine Porter
Australian Shearing Sheds
Sheep Cattle and Horses
Artwork about Ideas

To buy any paintings

Contact Christine directly, some of the paintings on this site have sold, but there is always new work being created.
Go to our shop page for more information about commissioning Christine to make artwork for you, leasing artwork for your business, or licensing an image for your project.
Some of Christine’s paintings have been published as greeting cards and giclee prints by her publishing company Full Moon Publications.