Cristina believes the person she is today reflects her experiences in the places she has traveled and the people she has met along the way. “I was a traveler long before I was a painter. Discovering the world has been a lifelong personal journey of self-discovery. Recording what I see has given me an increased empathy and connection to the world,” Cristina explains.
When she first started painting, she painted dark, mostly in black and white, and based mainly on difficult and challenging personal experiences. At a certain point, she realized she could no longer paint in black and white. She needed color. It was as if she had worked through the obstacles, and could now experience the joys of life on her own terms, to do more of what she liked.
Her passion is painting places she is traveling to, people that she meets and stories that I hear. Painting helps her search deeply and intensely for expression and connection with her subject even in the darkest of circumstances. Looking into the eyes of others has served as her own reflection and helped her realize that we all share one world with similar dreams and aspirations.
“Interacting with strangers is one of the greatest gifts travel has given me. Traveling and welcoming the unknown has changed my life for the better.”