An intuitive artist originally from Southern California, Christy Hopkin’s artistic process is a testament to her unwavering commitment to self-expression, as she fearlessly explores the depths of her imagination, infusing her paintings with a profound sense of joy. With honed expertise acquired through years of dedicated practice, she orchestrates a truly unique approach, harmonizing her brushstrokes and colors with the rhythms of music and the graceful movements of dance. As her vibrant compositions unfold on the canvas, a dynamic explosion of energy and movement comes to life. Each stroke of her broad brush captures the essence of the moment, while the interplay of vibrant colors adds a mesmerizing vibrancy to the artwork. It is through this expressive gestural technique that Hopkin encapsulates the sheer joy and exhilaration she experiences during the creation process.
With meticulous attention, layers of paint are carefully built up over time, resulting in a rich tapestry of textures and overlapping patterns. These intricate details contribute to the depth and complexity of her work, offering viewers a captivating exploration of form and substance. The layer-making process emerges as an indispensable element, for it breathes new life into each piece, guiding its evolution and propelling it in unforeseen directions. Through her unwavering commitment to self-expression, honed expertise, vivid imagination, and sheer joy, Christy Hopkin’s art transcends traditional boundaries, inviting viewers to embark on a transformative journey that celebrates the boundless possibilities of artistic creation.
When someone asks me, “what inspires you” my brain usually struggles to answer. It’s not a cloud or a tree. It’s not a picture in a book, or a song I’ve heard. I draw 100% inspiration from the work itself, specifically the process. I often walk into my studio sometimes not knowing what I’m going to accomplish, but when I just start I can’t stop from happening.
I paint intuitively, I almost never have a roadmap of going into a piece. The painting becomes alive in my sheer process and layer making. Then in finding the story and building it out. It’s crucial for me to recognize that exact moment where I know intuitively which way to go, to release control and let the painting guide me. That is when the piece and I become one.
Raised in southern California, I discovered my love for painting in my early twenties while on a road trip from Connecticut to Boston. Pure boredom in the car drove me to start doodling on a back of a book jacket. I doodled every free chance I had on that trip! Upon returning from that vacation, I was given a paint set and the creativity took off.
I have boundless feelings to express, and painting is my visual language. I have a daily regime with my studio. It’s the place where I free my head, put stress aside and allow the painting to connect with my emotions and capture the artistic voice I’m screaming to get out.
I live to create.