Nature has long been the subject of Christine Neill’s large mixed-media paintings and prints. She combines the immediacy of watercolor with contemporary digital processes to interpret the ephemeral states of the natural world. Using myth, metaphor and biological idiosyncrasies, she notes intersections where the natural and human worlds meet.

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Mixed Media Paintings 2017
Monstera Morphology, 2017, Watercolor and archival ink print on paper with Plexiglas, 12 x 16 inches

Morphology, the biological study of the forms and structural relationships of living
Organisms, examines similarities and differences between creatures. The leaves of the Philodendron and UVA plants pictured here were both marked by insect trails and chewing. The print on Plexi is a layer of cell structures in teal lines.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2017
Racing the Tide, 2016, Watercolor and archival ink print on paper, 24.5 x 35

The survival of many undersea creatures depends on the steady ebb and flow of ocean tides. Rising sea levels threaten species that live in the intertidal zone. The shapes of the underwater animals and plants are reminiscent of sand flats during tidal changes.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2017
Disappearing Cavendish, 2017, watercolor and archival ink print on paper with Plexiglas, 31 x 44 1/2 inches

Cultivated bananas worldwide are in imminent danger of completely disappearing, damaged by fungal diseases. 500 million people, particularly in developing countries, depend on the fruit as a staple food. The global supply is threatened because industry growers have planted just one species, the Cavendish, across continents. The print on Plexi is a line drawing of a healthy banana and it’s inflorescence.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2017
Wild Urban Thistle, 2016, Watercolor and archival ink print on paper, 24.5 x 35"

I encountered this wild, native thistle growing in the garden of a row house not far from my Baltimore home, a space that would usually be highly cultivated. While the owner values the plant because it will reseed itself, farmers use toxic pesticides to rid thistle from their fields. The print on Plexi is a scan of thistle seeds.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2017
Canna Circle, 2017, Watercolor and archival ink print on paper with Plexiglas, 11 x 14 inches

An Ancient plant with many human uses, canna are also being studied for their ability to eliminate undesirable pollutants in wetlands due to of their tolerance to contaminants.
The print on Plexi is a topographical map of farming land.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2017
Dames de Luna, 2017, Watercolor and archival ink print on paper with Pllexiglas, 16 x 12 inches

Night blooming plants give off specific scents to attract night pollinating insects. Shapes of the moon’s phases, which all living things are subject to, are printed on the inside of the Plexiglas
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