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 2017-2019
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 2017-2019 Watercolor, archival ink jet print on paper & framing Plexiglas
Mangrove Forest
2017
Watercolor, archival ink jet print on paper & framing Plexiglas
31" x 44.75"

Mangroves absorb massive amounts of nutrients, thereby improving water purity and
providing crucial assistance to both land and water animals & plants. The mangrove groves protect coast lines from storm erosion. The print on the Plexi
appears at the bottom half of the painting as topographic lines from coastal nautical charts.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2017-2019 Watercolor, archival ink print on paper & framing Plexiglas
White Death
2018
Watercolor, archival ink print on paper & framing Plexiglas
28" x 42"

White death syndrome is decimating coral reefs worldwide. Coral colonies coexist with an algae which nourish the coral. Pollution and warming sea temperatures are killing the algae, thus starving the corals. Dead reefs, devoid of the life giving algae, turn a stark white. The Plexi print depicts microscopic zooxanthellae leaving the colonies dissipating as they rise.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2017-2019 Watercolor on 2 papers, front layer laser cut,
Invasive Fig
2019
Watercolor on 2 papers, front layer laser cut,
40" x 30"
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2017-2019 Watercolor, archival ink jet print on paper & framing Plexiglas
Reef
2017
Watercolor, archival ink jet print on paper & framing Plexiglas
29" x 44"

The survival of many undersea creatures depends on the steady ebb and flow of ocean
tides. Rising sea levels threaten the protective costal reefs and species that live in the intertidal zone. The shapes of underwater animals and plants are reminiscent of shoals during tidal changes. The print on the Plexiglas is of topographic lines from coastal nautical charts.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2017-2019 Watercolor on laser cut paper
Holey Leaves, Vert
2018
Watercolor on laser cut paper
18" x 32"

Invasive insects, and slugs chew holes in the leaves of mature plants, weakening or killing them. The holes in the leaves were laser cut, The images painted after the cutting.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2017-2019 Watercolor on laser cut paper
Holey Leaves, Emerald
2018
Watercolor on laser cut paper
24" x 36"

Invasive insects, such as the Emerald Ash Borer, chew holes in the leaves of mature trees, defoliating the branches. After several summers of o damage the trees die, deprived of their means of turning sunlight into nutrients. The holes in the leaves were laser cut. The images painted after the cutting.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2017-2019 Watercolor on laser cut paper
Holey Leaves, Violet
2018
Watercolor on laser cut paper
18" x 32"

Invasive insects and slugs chew holes in the leaves of mature plants, weakening or killing them. The holes in the leaves were laser cut. The holes in the leaves were laser cut, The images painted after the cutting.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2017-2019
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 2017-2019
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 2017-2019
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 2017-2019
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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