THE BRIDGES GALLERY
Where Matt Charlton's handcrafted wood pieces and Christa Winters original abstracts unite to become one powerful form of expression.
Christa J. Winters (McDonald)
I have never really been good at describing exactly where my art comes from or the meaning that lies beneath it. Unlike many talented artists, I rarely plan any part of my journey other then to have a specific piece of music that seems to be calling out to me play loudly throughout my studio. That is when all thinking stops and something else takes over. My mind becomes quiet and nothing else seems to exist other then the colors, texture and some deep part of myself needing to be freed. When each piece is finished I can only say that on some level, the artwork that reflects back, tells me that I have traveled somewhere new within myself.
I do not hold an art degree, rather I am self taught and have been painting ever since I was a young girl. After experimenting with landscapes, flowers and anything else that challenged me, I found that abstracts were where I felt the most passion and where I was most free to express.
I love to use vibrant colors and almost always, each piece is made up of layers upon layers of individual paintings that together in the end, become one with each other.
Besides my never ending desire to create new art works, my other passions lie in music jam sessions, Latin dancing, interior design and my two always inspiring teenage children.
Over the last 15 years I have showed and sold my arts both locally and internationally, having over 250 of my original artworks now hanging in homes and businesses around the world. To date I am not represented by an art gallery but do have regular showings in our In House gallery.
Ironbark Creations by Matthew Charlton
When I left high school many years ago, little did I know just how far of a journey I was about to begin. I began taking Steel Fabrication at an early age of 16 in Melbourne Australia. After a few years I had earned my Steel Fabrication Journeyman certificate and spent the next several years applying all my knowledge and skill to what I had thought was going to be my life long career...until that day came when I decided that I needed to see the world. Australia, my homeland was beautiful but for some reason, there was a part of me that knew I needed to experience more. I packed up and headed to Canada, a country I knew little of. Its been 15 years and Canada is still my home, I have connected to this land in ways I could never have dreamed of.
I began my own renovation business and still to this day I love to incorporate my creative edge with each renovation, it makes it much more personal for not only my clients but also for myself. But my passion of building wood and steel furniture pieces arise from a different place. I seldom have a plan when I start to work the wood, rather I allow the wood to speak to me. Every piece has its very own personality and it feels like my calling to make sure its true essence is felt and experienced.
Many of my pieces have been inspired by Christa's art. Not planned, but simply inspired. There seems to be a connection between her creations and my own, as if the two are married on a deeper level that cannot be explained. Ying and Yang perhaps.
Besides my passion for creating and renovating, I spend a lot of my spare time writing music and playing Guitar. Music is a deep part of my roots and my heart.
All artwork is copy written and shall not be re-produced in any form without prior written consent by Christa Winters or Matt Charlton. 2016
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