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Daily Inspiration: Meet Christine Zmuda

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Zmuda.

Hi Christine, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am an abstract artist. I use acrylic paints and mixed media elements to explore the connection between art and music; my process is a bit unique. Unlike many artists, I don’t start with a plan or drawing. Instead, I bring my mood to my art studio. Then, I select music to create to that compliments my mood. From there, I feel and sometimes see color. I use that inspiration and let my intuition lead me to create paintings. I enjoy painting large scale on gallery wrap canvas. In terms of music inspiration, I appreciate all genres of music but primarily classic rock, alternative, 60-70s soul music, and modern contemporary.

My work has been shown nationally and internationally in several groups and solo shows in Maryland and Paris. I have won several awards at gallery exhibitions. Most recently, I was recognized with the Microsoft Award for Painting in 2021 that was put on by the firm that curates the extensive Microsoft Art Collection.

My work is a visual language and expression of life experiences paired with a soul connection to music. If you look at my work closely, you can see the connection between color and intensity of feeling in the work. My work is varied in color and style, as every day is a different experience. We are constantly changing and evolving That shows up in my work. My work can be found at artgallerybyz.com or artgallerybyz on Instagram.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been smooth?
Anything you do that is new is a challenge. I work full-time as a Technology Executive, and making room for my art practice has to be intentional. We all have the same 24 hours a day; it’s just a matter of where you spend it. For people who may only have five extra hours a week, start slow. Leap and invest an hour or two a week in a new skill or past time. You will be surprised how quickly you can go from novice to master with focus.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I had the intention to brand my business with the ability to eventually broaden my charter. My first intention was to be a successful painter and learn the business. My second goal was to be able to promote and assist other women in achieving their art goals. Why do I have this passion? I was shocked to learn that the disparities in the art world or even more pronounced than the gender equity challenges in the corporate workforce. More than 50 percent of artists are women, yet female artists create only 11% of the art in museums. I can make a difference in that gap by helping others by sharing my knowledge and network While I have exhibited my work in 15 states and 3 countries, I’m most proud of my ability to open doors for other female artists. I have helped share my knowledge with artists newer to the art business and have helped even more established artists gain visibility and grow their businesses.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
I credit my husband Paul, a full-time lawyer, by day and now a weekend art critic. Throughout my journey, Paul developed an excellent eye for art. He has been my constant supporter and is a great sounding board as I create work in the studio.

Pricing:

  • Paintings range from 250 to 3500,

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