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Waves of Color

My artwork is my meditation. It helps me relax and keep direction in my life. Hope you will enjoy some of my work!

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So Long Blog

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:36:00 +0000

I write to you all to bid you farewell.  I have a lovely blog that I have been much more loyal to and incidentally, I will be discontinuing this blog in favor of the other.  My art will now be posted on the following blog:
The above blog is continuously updated and there really is not point in having TWO things to update.  

You can follow the other (way more exciting) blog for updates and new photos of my art.  And.....I have been busy!  I am going to be updating my other blog with new pieces today.  Woo hoo!  

Hasta Pasta,

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 06:21:00 +0000

HDR Photography in Eagle River, Alaska

Here are some recent HDR shots I took while in Eagle River, Alaska. Beautiful sunset and sunrise....check it out!


Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:28:00 +0000

Photography Adventure to Fort Rock, Oregon

This Friday, my dad and I took a drive out to Fort Rock. It is about 30 miles East of Bend. We were experimenting with a "new" style of photography...and by "new" I mean new to us. It seems as though everyone knew about this but us! HA! At any rate, we took our first HDR photos and learned to use the software today. Here are the results! We will definitely be taking another photography adventure soon :)


Wed, 04 Jan 2012 06:28:00 +0000

Nahanni Range
Media: Oil on canvas
January 3, 2012


Wed, 04 Jan 2012 06:24:00 +0000

The Gorge
Media: Oil on canvas
January 3, 2012


Sat, 31 Dec 2011 20:06:00 +0000

White Horse Rapids
December 31,2011
Medium: oil on canvas


Wed, 28 Dec 2011 19:50:00 +0000

Morning Glow in the Steens
Media: oil on canvas
December 28, 2011


Tue, 27 Dec 2011 21:37:00 +0000

Steens Mountains

November 2011
Media: Pastel on watercolor paper


Tue, 15 Nov 2011 06:07:00 +0000

Birthday Present to Dad

For dad's birthday this year, my family and I headed over to Yachats for a few days of kite flying and chillaxin'. I had just taken my nursing boards and was more than happy to get away from PDX and "forget" about the stress. My parents met me after a couple days at Mogfest- an annual gathering of off-roading gurus; in which they participated in the DAF.

DAF has been all over the world and is a source of great happiness for my family. It was in the DAF that we celebrated my dad's birthday and he opened his gift I made him....

"We Swim Together"
Media: Watercolor
August 17, 2011

Love you dad!

Thu, 16 Jun 2011 20:47:00 +0000

Media: Watercolor and India Ink

This little piece was another easy and fun one I did after school one day. I love messing with the blues and the contrast with the reds and oranges is great.


Tue, 31 May 2011 17:57:00 +0000

If I Were A Fish...
Medium: watercolor and India ink

This was by far the most fun piece I have done in a long time. I started this as a way to relax from my reviewing of Pharmacology for NCLEX and it sure did the trick- only problem was I spent more time on this and less time studying!
These are my favorite colors to work with and the looseness of creating "water" WITH watercolor is pretty fun indeed. This was a new version of my "Mardi Gras Fish" that I painted while in Chile. This one is a bit different but the feeling I had while painting it was one and the same. Enjoy!


Mon, 30 May 2011 19:39:00 +0000

Life's Waters Are Rough
Medium: watercolor and India ink

Thank you dad, for the title of this peace. Life certainly has many logjams, eddies, and swirling's how you handle them that's important! :)


Mon, 30 May 2011 19:36:00 +0000

Open to Light
Medium: watercolor and India ink


Mon, 30 May 2011 19:28:00 +0000

Hagan Daaz Falls
Medium: watercolor and India ink

This is another of my favorite drops on Hagan Creek, Washington. I find the ways in which the water moves is absolutely beautiful and I love depicting the flow in art. Its twists, turns, and drops are amazing....
Me running the falls from a different angle...

Mon, 30 May 2011 19:23:00 +0000

Medium: watercolor and India ink

This is quite the impressive drop on the Ashlu River in British Columbia, Canada. It is called "50/50" because you have a 50% chance of flipping if you run it.
Here is the actual's massive!


Mon, 30 May 2011 19:04:00 +0000

At Peace
medium: watercolor and ink

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 20:03:00 +0000

"Euphoria Falls"

Media: Watercolor and India ink

I did this piece as a gift to my mom and dad this Christmas. The drop is called Euphoria Falls. One of the most fun rapids I have ever had the privilege to run here in Oregon. It's on Hagan Gorge and is a series of cascading drops.

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:49:00 +0000

Inferno Canyon

Media: Watercolor and India Ink

Inferno Canyon is a section of the Futaleufu River that is known for it's big-water feel. Located in Southern Chile, the Futa is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world and my personal favorite. This was just a quick "soul painting" I did the other day while reminiscing on my adventures.

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 17:57:00 +0000


Rainee Falls

Media: Watercolor and India Ink

Rainee Falls is the first big rapid on the Rogue River you come to. Most rafters and kayakers run the fish ladder or center chute to avoid the falls but a brave few buck up and run it. It's always fun to watch a boater run the falls and narrowly avoid huge Salmon jumping upstream....

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 06:07:00 +0000


"Blossom Bar Rapids"

Media: Watercolor and india ink

I did this watercolor on my first week off from school. It was inspired by my trips down the Rogue River-especially Blossom Bar rapid on the third day. I chose to use watercolor because I love the fluidity. Besides, it seems only appropriate to represent the river with watercolors! :)

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 05:45:00 +0000

(image) "Oregon Coast Sunset"

Media: Mixed- Oil paints on masonite board with Gouche.

I actually started this piece last fall before we moved to Portland. Tonight, I finally figured out what was missing so I finished it. :)

The source of inspiration for this piece is pretty obvious- the Oregon Coast. Absolutely amazing sunsets that are frequently followed by rain. To me, the rain is the best part so I made sure to include it...hope it makes you want to go to the coast....may I suggest Pacific City?

Sun, 05 Dec 2010 07:23:00 +0000


"Standing Strong"

Media: watercolor

I'm trying something new. I haven't been painting in what seems like forever. Atleast, I haven't posted any of my work in a year! Sooooo I'm going to try and paint something each week for the month of December and see how it goes. I'm not sure if I will be successful in creating paintings I am happy with but I will give it a go!

The painting on the left I worked on late this evening in an effort to relax. I am sick with the cold and I feel that my inability to focus shows in the painting. The color choice was odd but I chose to use the colors remaining in my palette as to not waste any supplies. I am actually quite pleased with the composition. Usually when I am tired and sick, I seem to be unhappy with the finished product. This, however, I AM happy with. Hooray! :) to bed I go. Hopefully tomorrow I will feel better!


Sat, 12 Dec 2009 07:34:00 +0000

Pepper Russell passed away on December 10th. She was very sick and we had to make the decision to let her be at peace. She was a river dog and loved going on kayaking trips. She traveled everywhere with my family. Many people treated her like their very own dog and for that reason, I feel the need to post this. We will all miss her smiling face at the put-in's and take-outs. We will miss her disgusting tennis ball in our laps, and we will most of all miss her unconditional love. Please remember all the good times we had with Pepper. She is at peace now.

-Christina Russell


Tue, 01 Dec 2009 19:36:00 +0000

Thanks to a fan!

This is a photo sent in from a fan who previously purchased artwork from me. They sure look nice on the wall. The pieces are "Rio Futaleufu" and "Yaker". Thanks for all your support!



Wed, 15 Jul 2009 01:04:00 +0000

Inspiration Station

I've been painting right along and struggling with painters block. Every day I get a bit of inspiration and I try to put it all in to my work...but sometimes it's difficult to make these thoughts materialize on a canvas. I've had a few successes but I cant bring myself to say "alright, they're finished". For the time being they hang on the wall and I think about what to do.

Question to anyone that reads my blog...DOES anyone read my blog? ha ha ha this blog is really for me but sometimes it's nice to know that the blog isn't a TOTAL waste of time. Is there anyone out there that reads this stuff lol :P ??????

I think i'll do a bit of painting tonight while Im thinking of ideas. Stay tuned for the hopefully "finished" pieces!