Christina E Skeehan

The idea that all paintings are narrative in some form is an important aspect in my approach to art making. The art of story telling is present throughout history, but has become muted or glazed over in current society. I look for characters from little known fairy tale and depict them in moments of strength and self-reliance with intent to inspire the viewer to seek to know more, each image intriguing enough to wonder how they all connect. I explore the place that fairy tales have today and the idealized versions that have integrated into contemporary culture using the triptych format of gothic altarpieces and single wood panels. Depicting various stories I strive to maintain the romantic quality, the luminance that oil can achieve, and a minimal background to draw out the importance of the detail present.