Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of this fantastic organization. I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue to learn and be in the midst of such amazing people and talent.
I have always enjoyed travelling, taking photos and doing anything and everything creative. After college, I worked in the travel industry for 15 amazing years! I absolutely loved it, but I wanted to start creating again.
After my third child was born, I began searching for information on photography. I attended a Canon Explorer of Light event where I discovered Corel Painter. My world was changed right then! I had to learn it. Unfortunately, at the time, there were no classes locally or on the internet. I researched instructors and started travelling to study under the best teachers I could find. I set out to learn everything I could on painting using the latest technology available to design and ultimately paint not only digitally but traditionally with oils as well.
Simultaneously, I enrolled in a photography class at the NH Institute of Art and was introduced to NHPPA! I have been a member ever since. Despite being a member of this amazing organization for quite some time, I never had the confidence to enter competition. I was so impressed, yet intimidated, by the amazing talent of its members. I never thought I would see the day I would actually compete.
Ironically, I met a very talented man and fellow NHPPA member while attending a painting course in South Carolina. It was his constant encouragement that finally convinced me to enter competition. Thank you, Yedi! I am also grateful for the encouragement and support from my family – Lauri West, Nylora Bruleigh, and Ella Carlson.
Thank you NHPPA and PPA for the opportunity to learn and grow. I am still in shock, but incredibly honored and humbled to receive Photographer of the Year. I absolutely love to paint and create fine art, and I'm excited to continue learning and improving my skills in the years to come!
Christine's 2020 image competition entries