Christina Hammill Paul
Recent Paintings 2020-2023
My paintings have been described as elegant, complex and thoughtful. They are expressions of the natural world and the human figure—capturing the feeling of a space, be it intimate or expansive. Varied in palette with fluid shapes, lines and textures, I am influenced by Vuillard, Monet and Matisse who said he dreamt of an art that is soothing and calming to the mind. I find solace in the act of painting.
Christina Hammill Paul has been painting on and off since her teen years. After majoring in fine art in college, she built a career as a graphic designer and art director. There was never enough time to devote to her own art. Now semi-retired, she paints every day in her home studio. She works in acrylics with a new-found freedom from the subject, following the brush and being responsive to the act of painting, which makes her latest work varied and emotional. She continues to explore her visual vocabulary using nature and the figure as a point of reference and release.
Christina received a B.A. in Art from St. Elizabeth University in New Jersey. After college she lived in New York City for 12 years and took extension classes in painting with Manfred Schwarz at The New School and Leo Manso at NYU. After moving to the Boston MA area in 1979, she maintained a studio at The Umbrella in Concord MA, took part in many shows and began to sell her work. In 2019, she retired as the Creative Director at Candlewick Press, a children’s book publisher in Somerville MA, where she had worked for 20 years. Now living in the Buffalo NY area, she continues to work part time as Creative Director at-large focusing on the design and art direction of some of Candlewick’s high profile books. Her current painting mentor is renowned artist and teacher William (Skip) Lawrence.
Decorator’s Show House / Grace Millard Knox Mansion /
Capello Salon / Buffalo 2022
Artwork East Aurora Fall 2022 featured artist at 21 Elm
Carnegie Art Center / January 2023
Wyoming Arts Council exhibit 2023
Decorator’s Show House / St. Patrick's Friary house /June 2023
Buffalo Society of Artists / Exhibiting member
Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society
GRAPHIC DESIGN C.V.
1967-69 / Assistant Designer, Norcross NYC
1969-71 / Designer, Macmillan Publishing Co. NYC
1971-75 / Art Director, John Wiley and Sons NYC
1975-99 / Freelance Designer
1988-94 / Senior Designer, Little, Brown and Co. MA
1999-2018 / Creative Director, Candlewick Press MA
2019-current / Creative Director at-large, Candlewick Press